And it just keeps going ..... Banff National Park
Trip Start Sep 07, 2008
81Trip End Dec 10, 2008
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We made the mistake this morning of trying to fill up with water and dump the used water. It had obviously got so cold overnight that the rubber gloves Gary normally uses for this, were frozen! So grabbing a towel he struggled to open the valves (yes the were frozen too), and when the deed was finally done and we were ready to close it all up again, it wouldn't budge. In that little space of time, while emptying/dumping, the water had formed a thin layer of ice inside....., so here we were first thing in the morning, the ground covered in snow, emptying hot water down the toilet to try and melt the offending ice. By this time Gary was nearly an icecle himself (and in a very good mood as you can imagine), and feeling like he needed another shower! Oh, the joys of camping ... won't be doing that again. Funny, now we think about it, we realise why nobody else does that job first thing in the morning.
OK onto better and brighter things .....
That is the beauty of travelling at this time of year - the roads are quiet so you can slow, look for wildlife, stop and take photos, and you don't have to mind the person behind you quite the same. Sometimes, we drive along, and honestly feel like we're the only people on the road. And of course, at the 'tourist stops' , there are just a handful people to share the experience with, not the throngs where you have to fight for a spot. On the down side, like we discovered today, a lot of the attractions are closed for the winter season, eg the Sprial Tunnels (railroad invention).... so that can be disappointing, and it does upset the 'plans', but that's what this sort of travelling (ie: in an RV), is all about ... flexibility!
So after a trip to Field Town, which was a small railroad town, looking like it dated back 100 years, with little pottery shops and guest houses... cute, we had a quick stop at Emerald Lake, and then headed for Banff town centre
The setting here, in the National Park, is undescribable, and they're all like this. You look out your window, and the mountains are right there. You're in 'champagne' environment, but you pay 'beer' money. Tacky analogy I know.