After 3 days in beautiful Vancouver
, it was time to head for Whistler. We spent the next two weeks with our good friends, Steve & Beth, traveling along a very scenic part of Canada, visiting Whistler, Jasper, Lake Louise & Banff. Beth & I sat in the back chatting, while Steve took over the role as chief navigator, at the front with Mike. We stayed just out of Whistler, with nice views over the mountains.
During winter Whistler has a lot of snow, and the village is a hub for skiers, snowboarders & many people who come here to enjoy the winter sports. It is now summer, we watched mountain bikers, using the chairlift & ski trails, devoid of snow, to race their bikes. After enjoying a Starbucks frappaccino, & a doing bit of shopping (Steve & Mike reluctantly & patiently waited outside the shops!!!) we returned to the van & enjoyed a cheese platter, dips, crackers, & fruit, by candlelight, while watching a thunderstorm brewing outside. The road to Jasper, although very scenic
was VERY windy & rough in parts. Stopped at Jeffys lake, for a coffee & fruit cake (Beth's...yummy), went for a walk to view the glacier & the lake which is a stunning aqua colour. After driving about 400 kms, we finally pulled into a provincial park, & found a site surrounded by trees. We got Steve working & he cooked our meal on the weber & we all sat outside, to enjoy it with soft dinner music playing.(This became our nightly ritual, as the weather was nice & warm, most of the time) After a walk to the lake, we lit a camp fire & chatted till 10pm. The previous night, a bear had walked into the camp site
of a young couple across from us, looking for food, they said it was quite scary, but again Mike was hopeful one would come over to us to say hi! In the morning, after driving the rv by the lake for a somewhat closer look, following Steve's expert directions, who had to get out of the RV to tell him where to go! Michael accomplished a 6 (or more) point turn, so that we could finally leave the park!! After lots of laughs, we continued on to Jasper. Mike decided that Beth & I could go in the car to the fuel station to reserve a spot for him.
He didn't tell us which way, so we missed the turning, and by the time we turned around & came back they were there already getting fuel. He then told us to go to the National Park & get in line to book in. Once again I missed the turning.....so consequently him & Steve gave us heaps
! I admit, I am not good with directions or maps, for that matter!! Ha! (Anyway, Mike can't play the piano, and took 3 years to master the Triangle .. so there!!)
In Jasper, we enjoyed a visit to Maligne canyon, walking along the edge looking deep into the chasm at the water flowing through it. Athabasca falls, was amazing,
with the surge of water gushing over the rocks & once again plunging to the great depths below. We have been here before with Steve & Beth, but it was in winter & the majority of the waterfall was frozen. We met a couple with a dog, going rafting, they put a life jacket on him, & off they went on their adventure. We had lunch & our meeting sitting by Moab Lake, which was most enjoyable.
At night we went on the cable car up to the top of the mountain, & enjoyed a nice meal overlooking the valley below. Our next stop was LAKE LOUISE, 250kms. After parking the van, we drove to the Lake, & enjoyed an ice cream while watching a lady play a harp in the Fairmont resort. Once again the previous time we were here with Steve & Beth, the lake was completely frozen & the day overcast. Now the lake was a vivid blue, the sun was shining, the cloudless blue sky, together with a back drop of snow covered mountains surrounding us, it perfectly completed the picture. As it was peak season, it was fairly crowded. Moraine Lake was an 'eggshell' blue, and as Steve had never heard of this colour description (him being a printer & all!!) I had an 'argument' (as we often do!) with him over this colour!!
Ha! Back to the usual banter, lots of fun! We saw a black bear on the side of the road, there were so many people out taking photos. Once again at night, Steve cooked Alaskan King Salmon(that we had caught) on the weber & we enjoyed it outside. Very nice!
We also walked up to Takkakuu falls, Mike & Steve climbed up onto a rock for a photo.
Amazing amount of water coming over it is the 2nd highest falls in Canada. Soon it was time to head to Banff. It was overcast and raining when we got there, so Michael & Steve decided they didn't want to go into town, (YAY!) Beth & I had a few hours looking around, enjoying a coffee and buying a few things for our kiddies. Very enjoyable not having them hurrying us up!! We did miss them, really! We all visited the famous Banff hotel & walked along the river, then enjoyed dinner together at the Irish Pub. We had some great competitive card games outside.
After 2 days here, we drove to Calgary, where we booked into a nice hotel for one night so that Steve & Beth could have a good nights sleep (after spending nearly 2 weeks in the van with us) before their long flight back to Australia. We went to the Big Lobster for our last night meal together, till we see them again back home
. After breakfast, we took them to the airport. We felt sad saying goodbye, we have had such a nice time and had lots of fun, and plenty of laughs & were so pleased they could spend these 2 weeks with us, it went too fast
. We miss them heaps. After hooking up the car, we promptly took a wrong turn, and nearly ended up in the middle of Calgary, it was very busy, and when driving a 58ft rig, it is hard to swap lanes in a hurry. COME BACK STEVE!!! Our chief navigator is gone,
......No longer could I relax, especially in the big towns & cities, but I was again on duty, having to give directions when Mike didn't believe the GPS!! We finally found our way back to the freeway and all was good again. We had 270kms to the Carway/Piegan border crossing, back into the USA. The customs agent came onto the bus, confiscated some overripe lemons & oranges, no big loss!! Overall it was a very easy crossing, 20 minutes later we arrived in St Mary's, Glacier Park. The wheel on the Suzuki seems a bit wobbly, not sure why. Rang our son Darren, who turned 32 on the 18th.
Anyway, I think that's enough from me, Bye for now, thanks for reading the blog, and we LOVE reading your comments ...keep safe and well, God bless....Miss you all.
Next blog - Meeting up with some BIKIES
.................. serious ATVing..........Talk about being OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE!!! .... But loving every bit of it!!