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Bow Falls

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  • Day6

    Banff

    September 4, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Yet another day of sightseeing, starting with breakfast then a wander around The Castle. On the coach and off to see Bow Falls, Tunnel Mountain & Surprise Corner. This is where the designer of The Castle meditated to get a sense of where The Castle should be built. What a magical place.
    Off to see the HOODOO’s. Once again another beautiful location.
    Police and Parks personnel were there, so mum got a picture with them. We didn’t know an old man was missing-poor thing had dementia. It wasn’t until we were leaving we were told I asked to look at a photo - Lachlan & I had walked passed him & his dog... what a nice feeling being able to give the location so a family could be reunited 💕

    We headed in to town and were dropped off - guess what for? To do the washing 🤣
    While that was happening we wandered around town, it’s very pretty and very touristy, with lots of photo opportunities (by the way mum got on the saddle all by herself 😂). Found the Mounted Police shop and mum picked up a couple of patches.
    More walking and beautiful sunshine, such a pleasant place.
    Washing’s all done so now we jumped on a local bus and headed out of town to find the Swiss Village Hotel. This was where dad stayed in 1977. The place is pretty tired but clean, yet another crossing of paths 42 years apart. We take a few photos and we hopped back on the bus and headed back into town. Feeling a bit peckish we let Lachlan pick the location for lunch.... Macca’s it is 😁
    The burgers taste the same but the drinks are quite floury. Back on the public bus and up the hill to the castle... time to relax a little..... or is something else on the cards?????

    Yet another fabulous day making memories
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  • Day6

    Surprise

    September 4, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Yet another surprise for mum. A guided tour through the Fairmont Banff Springs kitchen by head chef Alexandre LaFleur.
    He walked us through both front and back of house, his team are friendly and hard working. Alexandre and mum are exchanging war stories and Lachlan and I are taken along for this magical experience.

    We get to the end and at this point we thought we’d be escorted out but no, there’s a task mum needs to do, fill profiteroles.

    What an experience. This then turns into our afternoon tea, Alexandre then seats us at the best table in the house, tea & coffee arrives followed by a little present and another birthday card. Mum is almost bought to tears from shear joy.

    Now that’s how you make memories 💕
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  • Day5

    Rocky Miuntaineer - Day 2

    September 3, 2019 in Canada ⋅ 🌙 6 °C

    Up bright and early for our next (and final) exciting day on the gorgeous Rocky Mountaineer. Heading up through the wilderness and seeing amazing mountain ranges, lakes and river systems.

    The bridges and tunnel systems are an engineering feat. One tunnel system had us twisting as we climbed up the mountain- think of the letter “L” written in cursive. Thats how the train travelled. It’s said that the big freight train can be coming out the top of the tunnel and the end is still waiting to start coming through the tunnel.

    This was one story dad told mum when he returned from his tour in 1977. Obviously dad and his tour group we’re watching the freight trains from the highway. Yet another cross over of tours 42 years apart.
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  • Day61

    Es schneit! (echt viel)

    December 21, 2019 in Canada ⋅ 🌧 1 °C

    Wir hatten die letzen 2 Tage so viel Schnee ❄️ es schneit Tag und Nacht durch mit ca 4cm pro Stunde. Die Touren auf der Arbeit mussten abgebrochen werden weil eine Lawine die Straße hoch zu unsere Strecke verschüttet hat. 😬
    Es ist hier echt Ausnahmezustand. Überall sind Auto stecken geblieben (inklusive mir 😂)
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  • Day23

    Banff Wildlife

    November 13, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 2 °C

    Gestern habe ich ein Wapiti von ganz nah gesehen. Tiere wie Karibous,Wapitis und sogar Pumas laufen hier einfach durch die Gegend und man sieht fast täglich Tiere, teilweise auch mitten in der Stadt😊🦌🐾🌲Read more

  • Day20

    Bow Falls

    November 10, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ -11 °C

    Heute an Lorenzas freiem Tag haben wir einen kleinen Spaziergang zu den Bow Falls bei uns hier in der Nähe gemacht. Es war eine richtig schöne Winterlandschaft und wir hatten super Glück mit dem Wetter! Sonnenschein und ein bisschen Schnee bei -12°C. Es war echt super schön und wir hatten beide viel Spaß 😊❄️☀️🏔Read more

  • Day15

    Pfannkuchen in Lorenzas Wohung

    November 5, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ -11 °C

    Gestern habe ich bei Lorenza Pfannkuchen gemacht und wir haben sie mit ihrer Mitbewohnerin zusammen gegessen und hatten einen echt schönen Abend!😋

  • Day72

    Hello Banff

    August 26, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 50 °F

    Wow...I always begin my travel journal entry with pics and had almost NO pics to post from this day! Not even of a flowering weed, which is what most of my flower pictures are! What does that say about our day??

    Slept in late and actually had bacon and pancakes for breakfast! It was that slow a start... then spent some time sorting laundry and writing out a grocery list. Life goes on even when you are on vacation! And trust me, laundromats and unfamiliar grocery stores (and products) make these simple every day chores take twice as long! And if you want a bottle of wine, that is a separate store, a government liscensed store.

    We rewarded ourselves with lunch in downtown Banff, an Irish Pub that was reccomended by some friends of the Hibbs. Excellent food, even for the liver and onions! Seriously, who eats that?? I married him!

    Steve took off for some propane tank refills, Tom joined Auggie for an afternoon nap, and Kristi and I headed on a short river side walk to Bow Falls. Just maybe a half mile out of the downtown, and is located just below the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. We have seen some outrageous falls, so this was pretty straightforward, more a change in the elevation of the river than the carved out gorges we have been seeing. But the day was beautiful, the weather perfect for a quick walk, and the river is that clear blue glacial color.

    Kristi and I headed back to the RV parking only to receive a text from the boys noting they were back in the village having ice cream! Eventually we connected, picked up vehicles and headed back to the campground with drawers full of clean clothes (especially socks and underwear!) and refrigs and cabinets refilled with food. And a bottle of wine. Or two.

    PS. Nothing like clean sheets!
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  • Day73

    A Day in Banff

    August 27, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 59 °F

    While Kristi and Steve took off early to master another mountain hike, Tom and I slept in again! Just a slow relaxing morning. I cut Tom's hair, and we both took long, hot showers at the restrooms in the campground. Clean, great water pressure, hot and no one else was there, I guess they all went hiking?

    Banff has a great bus system in place, and the campground is on the edge of town, so we caught the local bus into town. First stop the Banff Springs Hotel as it is located uphill from town. That way when we went back downtown it would be almost all downhill.

    This hotel is HUGE! And BEAUTIFUL. End of story. I am sorry we didn't sign up for a tour, it is so big you don't even know where to go to explore all the various public spaces. We did visit the Heritage Hall which outlined the history of the hotel. All these beautiful hotels were pretty much put in place by the Canadian Pacific Railway company to help support the expansion of the railroad. The company's perspective was..."we can't export this scenery, so we will import the tourists." The Springs was, and is, an internationally renown hotel. Wow!

    We headed down the Bow River Falls trail I had done with Kristi yesterday, but its is such a great walk and wanted Tom to see it. Great walk to downtown, and then by that time it was lunch time! Should have lunched up at the hotel, but really I was afraid to look at the menus and what it might cost....!?

    Strolled several streets and the smell of pizza drew us to a cute little place on the side street. Couldn't get outside, too nice a day, everyone wanted outside...
    Ordered their specialty pizza, "Big Bird". Yum, chicken, smoked bacon, red onion, pesto, mozzarella, and goat cheese. But what was really crazy is that they serve it recommending a rosemary infused chili oil that you mix with honey depending upon how sweet you like it. What?? Really, we dipped our pizza into chili oil with honey, and it was excellent! And their soup of the day was gazpacho, which I love. It was very good, and pretty spicy.

    Even though it was a beautiful day, we did spend some time at the Whyte Museum. It is a combination of a Banff history museum and art gallery. I love museums that include art. We took a couple of short tours with the docent and then had time on our own. Not a big museum, but the artifacts and local history were really interesting. The gallery highlighted the work of the Whytes, a married couple that loved the Canadian Rockies, and both were artists from the 1930s through the 50s. Most of their pieces were li landscapes of the Rockies. I liked their work, and the collection includes art pieces from other artists.

    We headed to the Cascade Gardens after stopping for an ice cream because it was just such great weather to be out walking! These are the gardens that surround the Parks Canada Administration offices. Lots of terraces, gazebos, ponds with waterfalls and lots of colorful flowers. I strolled and took yet more pictures while Tom enjoyed his ice cream.

    Hopped on the local bus #2, to get back to the campground, caught up with Kristi and Steve, shared stories, made some dinner and went to bed!
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  • Day27

    Banff Gondola

    November 17, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    Heute war der „Local-Appreciation-Day“ und man musste für die Gondel anstatt 60$ pro Person nichts bezahlen sondern nur ein bisschen (5$) spenden. Oben angekommen konnte man echt schön das beleuchtete Banff sehen. Aber tagsüber ist es glaube ich noch schöner! Es gab auch eine kleiner interaktive Tour wo man die Geschichte Banff’s und die Natur besser kennenlernen konnte. Alles in allem war es echt ein schöner Abend und wir freuen uns beide darauf nochmal hoch zu fahren! 😊❄️Read more

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