July 16 - 19
Trip Start Jun 02, 2011
70Trip End Sep 25, 2011
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The drive to Red Rocks was about 30 minutes, and we were excited to see a group of Big Horn Sheep not long after we left.
When we got back we also walked around the Red Rocks trail, and we got a close view of a group of mountain goats with several babies.
Banff National Park was farther than expected and we wound up driving 250 miles. We finally arrived after about 6 hours of driving, in addition to several stops to stock-up on needed food supplies. Madison was shocked at the increase in prices, and actually didn't want me to buy anything...however I explained that we had little choice but to purchase what we need. We got into our site at about 8pm, and it was very nice. We got information about the park and were ready to start exploring Banff in the morning.
Banff Day 2
I woke up at 6:30 this morning and went on a bike ride before everyone got up. It was a nice, sunny morning...but still chilly! I rode from the campsite down to the town of Banff, and then explored the town. Banff is not what I expected, because the town is extremely commercial - similar to Breckenridge or Vail. There is hotel after hotel, and high end restaurants up and down the town attracting plenty of tourists. This approach is quite different than the US National Parks we have seen, which are not at all commercial.
Once I return to the RV, everyone is awake and getting ready. We decide that today we will spend the day on a lake kayaking and fishing. We depart and head to a spot that looks appealing, however upon arriving it doesn't meet my expectations and I decide to try another location. Xiu is frustrated with this, however I want an area where the girls will have a beach to play on.It takes us about 15 minutes to find another lake, and we were all very happy with the new location. From the lake we have a great view of the mountains, there is a nice small beach for the kids to play
, and there is fishing in the lake...everyone is happy.
We spent the entire afternoon on the water or on the beach. We fished, kayaked , swam, and had a great afternoon. As we approached evening, we decided to stay and have dinner on the beach. I prepared the lake trout that we caught, and we grilled them right on the beach and had a feast! The girls were so excited to eat their fresh catch right on the beach, and it was absolutely delicious!
When we finally packed things up it was 9pm, although it felt earlier because the sun was still out. We drove back to Banff and walked around a bit. I enjoyed a Starbucks coffee, and the girls enjoyed an ice cream. What a nice end to the day!