And it just keeps going ..... Banff National Park

Trip Start Sep 07, 2008
Trip End Dec 10, 2008

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Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Thursday, October 16, 2008

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 ...... well you couldn't get any better than Lake Louise -  the whole reason we'd made the trip here.  She was stunning.  In the photos you will see, in the lake, the reflection  of the snow capped mountains towering above.     Would look very different in summer, b ut still quite magical I would imagine, and probably a very well used lake, at that time of year.

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.    Very, very similar to Queenstown.  The shop fronts are wood and stone, they are expensive but beautfiul, and many eating establishments, ski and gift shops.    We had a late lunch at Subway, had a look around town, and found our campsite.  The funny thing was, we'd been looking out for wildlife along our scenic drive today down Bow Valley Parkway, and struggled to see any animal at all, and then what'd ya know, we drive up to our campsite, and there was a elk right there at our pinic table... AND looking like he belonged there, and we didn't.  

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.
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