July 10 - just after we awoke, Brian called to announce the arrival of our granddaughter - Tillie Marie. A great way to start our holiday. We started off our journey with a visit to old friends, Ed and Judy, in Westbank. I had a surprise visit to a dentist - a crown had fallen off a tooth which was cracked, and I had that tooth pulled that night. While I was visiting the dentist, Sandy was picking cherries at Judy's parents home.
From there we went to Revelstoke, and up to the National Park which is a scenic climb - a few straggling piles of snow remain, lots of wildflowers are out in red, white, yellow and purple, and mosquitoes and larger flies are a bit of a distraction. From there we passed through the Kicking Horse area, Lake Louise and Banff. July 13 found us taking some interesting roads. Highway 40 from Canmore down and around to High River is a road that we must return to. It was a great drive with breathtaking scenery - especially the Kananaskis area. Lots of super campsites, with very few occupants. There were lovely lakes and creeks, and snow on the mountains. Even though we were having thunder, lightning and pouring rain we loved what we saw, and plan to go back some day when the sun is shining . The area around High River is very flat, with fields of yellow and dark green and orange crops. It is so-o-o-o green everywhere.
Jump - a prize winning unique interpretive centre explains the history of the
buffalo jump.This was a very
WatertonLakes was the next
stop.We spend two half days in the
park, enjoying the red bluffs, the Waterton waterfall, and CameronLake. In Waterton park the roadsides are bright with a variety of wildflowers, and the mountains are all around.
We spent two nights at Pincher Creek opposite a green
expanse of land where a long row of white wind turbines create electricity.
Ribs and steak were our two dinners.
What day is it? Thursday I think. We are up in Radium Hot Springs now - still an hour ahead on Alberta time. This morning we spent an hour learning about the Frank Slide. 80-90 people were buried back in 1903. A very humbling interpretive centre, and massive rock slide.
From there we saw the biggest truck in the (world, I think, or Canada) in Sparwood. We saw some deer and a mountain goat on the road.
The Crownest Pass historical towns were interesting, as was Fort Steele. We are staying in an inn - a very interesting room, and we had veal cordon blue for dinner in a European restaurant.