Lake Louise

Trip Start May 25, 2008
Trip End Aug 03, 2008

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Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Monday, June 9, 2008

Yes!!! No rain. That was my first though as I woke up this morning. There was suppose to be a 70% chance of rain today. However, I could actually see most of the mountains around us. Today, we were to drive to the Lake Louise area of the Canadian Rockies. It is one of those areas that are in tons of photos like Big Ben, The Effiel Tower, etc. Would this be one of those places that look better in real life, or look better in the picture - like Mt. Rushmore. The drive through the Rockies took just over an hour. Before going to the actual lake, we took in the visitor center like a bunch of travel nerds - which I can honestly say we are. We got some info about some trails to take around the lake, took in some of the displays (which were, on par with Canadian museums, very informative), watched a video, and took off for the lake. We did get there early enough to get a good parking place - it fills up most days. Now, I did trash the Canadian National Parks System for charging too much yesterday.  Today, I give them praise as they allow dogs on most of their trails that are not backcountry. So for the first time this trip, we got to take our dogs on the trail and they were very happy. WOW!! Even though I have seen many pictures of Lake Louise, nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse. Even though there were a ton of Japanese tourist running around, the place was still out of this world. The color of the lake was like nothing I have seen before - only in nature could you find this color. The first trail we did was the lake trail which went all the way to the other end of the lake - about 2.5 km each way. You could just not keep your eye off the lake and its very deep turquoise color. I took so many pictures and video's that I know it will take forever to get them on the blog - so be patient.  We were getting a little hungry so we walked back to the truck to have a snack lunch we had prepared. Next we took off for our next trail - The Lake Agnes trail. This trail sat a thousand feet above Lake Louise. So yes, the hike was all up-hill. A good way to lose a little extra pounds from driving and eating all the time. About half-way up the trail, there was an overlook of Lake Louise and it was yet a different shade of blue. I have just never seen such a color. On we went, up the trail. The farther we went up, the muddier it became.
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