Banff and Back on the Road

Trip Start Apr 28, 2007
Trip End Oct 26, 2007

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Drove to Banff via the Johnston Canyon and walked the 5 km return trip to the highest falls. Johnstone Canyon is an impressive testament to the power of a river over an 8000 year period. 
Finally - we saw wildlife from the highway; a couple of elk, and a coyote. Later we learn the
elk are just as "at home" in Banff as in the park - Banff itself has texas gates (cattle stop), to stop elk entering the town, and the daily newspaper featured an article about planned birth control to limit the population of over 200 elk within 5kms of the tourist town.

Amongst other wildlife, boarders and  skiers are still evident downtown, getting off the shuttle bus from a skifield which is still open.  Banff is a beautiful little resort town, a bit like Queenstown, and it oozes "Expensive".  We stopped long enough for a coffee and to find the little local hospital we think Jono worked at.  
We had been warned of serious delays and road closure caused by a mudslide (enormous of course) across the Trans Canada highway on our way back west to Sun Peaks. So we decided to shave some time off our lengthy drive home the next day by making tracks as far as Golden -  home to Kicking Horse Ski Field 14 kms up the road. One of these days we will be back to ski these other fields we have passed by in the spring thaw.
Impressions of The Rockies - awe inspiring, majestic and Huge in every sense. Thanks for
 encouraging us to take the trip Jono, and thanks to Rae and Lloyd for the travel tips and suggested itinerary.
The downside of being out of New Zealand this week?  While we were traveling the Rockies, Christo graduated in Wellington with his BSC Hons.  Congratulations Christo - this is a well deserved and wonderful achievement amongst many. We are so sorry we weren't there to share the experience with you in person, but we will be there with you in Oxford in 2011. 
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Re: Bear talk
Oh Michelle, so sorry to hear Merv's news..i guess you have given him a Bear Talk all of his own - you must have had a very tough time. hope he is sufficiently scared by the experience to behave himself a whole lot better from now on. get the docs to tell him what else he could lose as well! (hey that's an uninformed guess and pure speculation i admit, and hasn't been checked out with the resident doc here)
take good care of yourself, as well as your man, love j & b

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