September 2, 2012
We have an early wakeup call again this morning. It’s off to the Canadian Rockies and Delta Lodge where we are staying for the next few days. The ride north was very scenic and then all of a sudden you turn a corner and the Rockies are right there. They remind us of the mountains in Austria with their ragged peaks and snowcap tops. The lakes and rivers are this emerald green color. Every turn in the road brings on another beautiful vista. Where the road turned off on 93 to the parks area, there was entry station. The lady informed us we had to pay a fee to get to Banff. Ok no problem. How long are you staying? Around 5 days. That will be 95 dollars please. What! You have to be kidding. Then she informs us that the fee included entry into all the parks during our stay. They don’t honor our US senior National Parks Pass. But what the heck, we are on vacation and they take American Express. Which reminds me, American Express should change their motto from, don’t’ leave home without it; to make sure you have another card for a backup. Just saying! We finally arrived at our destination. It’s a little off the beaten path but a really nice resort. We might have to scale back our travel plans, due to distances. It always looks closer on the map then it really is. We had a nice dinner in the lounge and the bartender gave us some good info on where to go and what to see. He was a nice guy, originally from Poland. He has the same accent as Michal and Helena. It’s back to the room to plan tomorrow’s activities and a good night’s sleep.
September 3, 2012
We spent our first night at the Delta Lodge in Kananaskis. The views from the room are spectacular. So how much better can it get? A whole lot better. The bartender from the night before suggested we head south rather then back to Banff because of the three day weekend. Oh by the way, they celebrate the long weekend, however no one seems to know what the celebration is all about. They are just happy that it’s a three day weekend. Don’t over think, just go with the flow. We headed out early thinking we would get a jump on the day. Great plans are just that, plans. We missed the turnoff and ended up 30 miles down the road before we realized our mistake. So back we went, another 30 miles. Not a lost cause, because we did see some wildlife along the way. We got back on track and spent time checking out the upper and lower Kananaskis Lakes. The scenery was absolutely beautiful. The bartender also suggested a gravel road that wound around the lakes and ended up back in Canmore. It was an outstanding ride with view after view better than the last view. We made it to Canmore, a very nice town and we managed to find a neat little local pub called, The Last Call. We met some nice local characters and had some great conversations about everything from politics to Canadian football. They really don’t want to hear that Canadian football is not real football. And we did lend them Doug Flutie after all. We had lots of laughs and a few Canadian beers and could have stayed longer but we had the long drive back to Delta Lodge. All and all it was a great day and we are looking forward to tomorrow. Say what you want, you meet some of the greatest people in local pubs. Just down to earth folks, who enjoy life and like many of us, don’t realize what a beautiful place they wake up to every morning. Did I mention it was in the forties most of the day? Burr!
Bob and Annette