The rockie mountains

Trip Start Sep 02, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Saturday, November 1, 2008

this is just a small snapshot through our time in the rockies.....

so, the 'rv', a monster v8 with the fuel efficiency of a lamborgini, i toggled through the telemetry on the way from the depot to the rockies to see a nice steady 12.8 mpg.   however the adventure was great and the only way to tour the rockies with our bed in tow. it was surprisingly spacious, plenty of room for us to sit, eat and sleep when ever we felt like it.   the rockies were impressive and as always i underestimated the immense size and the area that each mountain covered.  i took two solo adventures of my own and learnt not to again.  we eventually discovered some wildlife, some of which i caught on camera as shown below.  the highlight of wildlife was hearing what could have been wolves on one of the deep wilderness campsites, it was scary enough at this site being the only ones there to know neither would have got sleep in a solo capacity.  emma didnt hear the 'howls'!  we woke in the morning and i spotted and then emma confirmed, when pointed out, a pair of coyotes passing through.  wow! i thought they were cougars at first and i'm sure there were plenty of such eyes peering towards us through the night.  this was the fear in my solo expeditions and my mind just took over.  the elk were massive and fomidable enough, on our awakening to banff they charged the passing public and trapped one girl behind a lampost until she shouted to me 'can you help me' as i was just observing.

anyway....they are some shots of the wildlife we saw below.  sorry for the lack of scenery shots, i have some of the best shots i've ever taken and will enjoy showing then off on our return,  i am now intent on opening a gallery. 

mum..... i climbed one of the smaller mountains, reached the summit at 5543 ft. 1690 m. but certainly makes scafell pike look small. was thinking of you and 'lou' on the way up and how you would enjoy it here, mountains, waterfalls, nice little towns etc.  sure your saying you 'bloody idiot' for going off on my own expedition.

over to em....

Our 'adventure' in the campervan - known as Bessie, was truly amazing. I really enjoyed 'camp life' and the freedom of pulling over for a cup of tea etc whenever we fancied.  The weather was good to us, chilly but sunny most of the time, great mist in the am and snow later in the trip. A real winter wonderland - naturally lots of christmas songs sung by us both in the truck! There was so many great waterfalls, mountains, rivers and lakes that we experienced, combined with pretty places, very friendly people and of course the animals. I relished every new spotting and have made a record of all sightings! I really loved the trails we took when we felt like we had 'discovered' a waterfall or similar.  We often did trails with no other people around, which added to the feeling of discovery. It also meant, as the light faded later in the day, I thought we would be eaten by wolves!!
Matts pictures are truly brilliant - I've taken a couple of lamen pics too!

Other 'best bits' - big horn sheep around the van when we woke up, visiting the hot springs - especially the natural 'Lussier Hot Springs'. Just us, a hot bath, river & snow covered trees.
The wow factor of Lake Louise wont be forgotten, the size of the glaciers, seeing bear prints in the snow on our trail!!!!, receiving a parking ticket and then getting it reversed  (it's the English charm you know!), the shops in Banff & Jasper, the tiny village of Field - with one pub, one cafe and a population of 250, the bottle of red wine on our last saturday night and snuggling in the van. As I look back at my diary of the trip - it's almost as if every day was filled with a weeks worth of memories. The 'troupers' are indeed very lucky.

ps. I realise earmuffs probably haven't been in fashion since the early 80's but it was cold and they kept me warm!!
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funpurple on

Hi y'all!

Loving the latest update, wonderful pics, spa looks lovely Emma, nice beaver!

Not much going on in Milton Keynes. Mark is relieved Coulthard has retired and Webber made a fool of himself during two minutes silence today!

We are all well.

I truly love the blog as I have no idea where you are going. I love the surprise and am sooo envious.

Take care XxX

budfox30 on

The great outdoors
Well I am happy to see an update. Knowing your forward planning when it comes to wilderness adventures I was figuring you had actually been eaten by a brown bear or a pack of wolves. Although thinking about it, you probably stand close to 8 feet tall with your beehive barnet and any predators would have thought that bigfoot was indeed alive.
Like the gallery idea, are you going to pipe the 'Take Hart' music around the place? Laters dude.

mumanddavid on

Wish we were there!
Wow, wow and wow. What fantastic pictures. You obviously had the most wonderful time, what memories. David wants to do the trip now!!!!
ps I like the earmuffs!!!!

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