S: 2nd RV trip - Canadian Rockies - April 29 - July 17, 2011
BC: Home July 17, 2011 | 4,329 miles
FC: Canadian Rockies April 29 - July 17, 2011
1: 2nd RV Trip Canadian Rockies Dep. April 29, 2011 | posing with Captain Jack Spareribs | Bodega Bay headlands | mellow music arts & crafts kite flying | helicopter boats | May 1: after 2 long days of driving, finally some FUN! | California poppies | fresh cherries | baby whale
2: May 2 - Sebastopol, CA Florence Ave. sculptures from "reclaimed items" | "Where's Brittany Bear?" | Here we are camping, relaxing, and roasting marshmallows!
3: Sonoma Canopy Tours 7 ziplines, 2 bridges | a spiral staircase, and rappelling down 80 ft. | Wheeeee !
4: May 4 - MacKennick State Park | Pygmy Forest boardwalk at Van Damme State Park | Blair House, Mendocino - "Murder She Wrote" | May 5 - Hwy. 101 "fox!" | beautiful northern CA roads | checking what's out back
5: Avenue of the Giants | Brittany Bear enjoying the trees | Camp site at Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park....brrrrr! | Big stump!
6: May 10 & 11 - Spokane, WA | Riverfront Park | Riverside State Park suspension bridge | Spokane River rapids | May 12 crossed into Canada at Eastport - Kingsgate | Kimberly, BC "Bavarian" town - Schnitzel burger, bison bratwurst and apple strudel with custard
7: Marysville Eco Park steelhead trout Nanaimo Bar | May 15 - Fort Steele Heritage Park: 1890's - 1900's
8: Kootenay National Park | May 17 - 19 Radium Hot Springs | Kootenay River | grouse
9: May 20 - 23 McLeod Campground site G2 - best in campground | bald eagle | Victoria Day weekend | swimming in the hot springs | bike rides and relaxing | Paint Pots
10: May 23 Banff National Park | Cascade Mountain | Banff Springs Hotel Bow River Valley Bow River | Banff Ave. | Anita and her new friend, Mr. Moose | spied a mountain vole
11: Lake Minnewanka "huge slushie" | snow at Tunnel Mtn. Campground - brrrrrr | elk
12: Mt. Norquay ski area | Canmore Ammonite Factory | organic opal-like gems | Mt. Rundle and Two Jack Lake | ammonite fossil - shell of prehistoric squid
13: Mt. Rundle from campground | Steward Canyon Trail | Lake Minnewanka - melted
14: May 30 Lake Louise still partially frozen | Clark's Nutcracker | Lakeshore Trail | Mount Victoria in distance
15: spring blooms around Lake Louise | crystal clear waters
16: WW I camp for Germans & Austrians! | Anita and more wild friends | Sights along Bow Valley Parkway
17: Johnston Canyon rushing water, catwalks, and waterfalls | ? "fairy wonderland" or "hobbit land" ?
18: wildlife overpass | elk with fuzzy spring antlers | Moraine Lake | Castle Mountain
20: June 3 Icefields Parkway | Mistaya Canyon | Columbia Icefield Centre Brrr! Wind howling, rocking the RV, slide in! | Sunwapta Pass 6677 ft. | Tangle Falls
21: Sunwapta Falls | Whistler Campground, Jasper "Watch out, Brittany Bear!" | Site 66K - best in campground! Whistler Mtn. in distance
22: Finally, a black bear! | Lake 5, 4, 3 or 1? | Pyramid Lake | Bald Eagle with chick
23: favorite sculpture - so peaceful | Maligne Canyon | Nature is the art of God. Dante Alighieri
24: Maligne Lake "symbol of the Canadian Rockies" | Brittany Bear with pecan square | 9:45am - 1st boat ride of day | Katie - great guide | loud loons fishing in lake | relief map of Maligne Lake and surrounding mountains
26: June 11 Athabasca Falls "not the highest or the widest waterfall in the Canadian Rockies, but the most powerful"
27: Columbia Icefield Centre | raised relief map of Columbia Icefield | our Snocoach | filling water bottle with fresh, cold glacial water | making our way up Athabasca Glacier | walking on the glacier | Fun fact: deepest part of Athabasca Glacier is a depth of 100 stories
28: Anita - the tiny dot on edge of glacier - it's receding fast! | sunrise on Athabasca Glacier | view along Icefield Parkway | up before dawn
29: Peyto Lake | "Wow!"
30: Finally - grizzlies! foraging alongside the parkway | Back at Lake Louise Campground | "Is it a boulder?"
31: 1909 Spiral Tunnels at Kicking Horse Pass | "Up the Mountain, Down the River" package Lake Louise Gondola | spectacular view of Lake Louise and mountains | with lunch
32: Fairview Lookout Trail beside Lake Louise | Chateau Lake Louise
33: "God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars." Author unknown
34: June 15 - big day! Morning walk at Lake Moraine Afternoon white water rafting on Kicking Horse River | bathing suit, wet suit, fleece, booties, rain jacket, vest, helmet, gloves "I'm ready" | unloading the rafts | "Watch out for this, beware of that... thumbs up if you still want to go!"
35: our guide, Graham | "What's ahead?" | "It's freezing!" | "We made it!" | "Hold on!"
36: June 17 Lake O'Hara alpine lake at 6939 ft. 8 mile, 25 min. bumpy bus ride | checking out the Lichen
37: Seven Veils Falls
38: Lichen, lichen, and more lichen!
39: "Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one." Dr. Seuss
40: evening stroll - "That boulder just moved!" Momma grizzly with 2 playful cubs, just across the river from campground
41: June 18 Trail of the Plain of Six Glaciers | Up, up, up we hiked. We made it to the Teahouse! | lemonade | Chai tea latte | 6 1/2 miles rt. | 1,100 ft. gain
42: June 20- last day at Lake Louise Hike to Lake Agnes Teahouse | still icy in spots | chili with cornbread
43: June 21 Bar U Ranch Historic Site Longview, Alberta late 1800's, early 1900's | Percheron horses | "time travel" place | along the "Cowboy Trail"
44: Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump Historical Site | Great museum - 6 levels! | Just imagine all those buffalo plunging off this cliff! | What a name! | UNESCO World Heritage Site
45: June 24 | Our first NOMADS project - McLeod, MT Camp on the Boulder | 26 miles paved road, 13 miles bumpy, dirt road | What a gorgeous camping spot! | birds singing and river roaring
46: Our first hike to the big meadow. | Boulder River is rising! We're stuck here! | stop for view of Boulder River | Mt. Hawley | meadow full of yellow flowers
47: NOMADS changing cabin into children's center - Wally's jobs- cement handler and master chinker | Camp filled with great old buildings and trucks....even an old fire engine!
48: Anita's job - kitchen help with Dianna and Kim | break time view | RV dinette view
49: Bike ride up the valley, as far as we could go!
50: July 5 our long, long hike 7am - 5pm | crossing streams | finding bones - moose jaw? | rest stop at big meadow | beautiful flowers everywhere | Brrrrrr!
51: We made it! | Another river to ford! | Ahhh... a rest stop
52: Camp Group Hike | "The hills are alive, with the sound of music!"
53: river's still roaring | Katie, the flower child
54: teaching Amanda to drive stick shift | Jenny | campfire ring | churning ice cream | Wayne | Kent | "Fore!" | "Is it ready yet?"
55: July 18 Heading home! | one stop on road out | Boulder River still high.... one detour around washed out road!