Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Conni – 07-30-14 Banff Trip –Banff Area

Today was Mary’s pampered day <grin>. So, while she was enjoying her mani-pedi, I grabbed the camera and went to some of my favorite spots around Banff.

I took one more shot at seeing goats up toward the Norquay ski area, but no luck. This trip is really being a bust for animal sighting.

I came back and took the drive by Vermillion Lakes. Saw a few birds and lots of pretty wild flowers. Beautiful scenery – hard to match.

I finished off my little outing with the Bow River Falls – above and at river level.

 And, of course, a final shot of the Banff Springs Hotel.

Conni – 07-27-14 Banff Trip –Lake Louise Outing

Today we loaded up Bentley and headed to one of our favorite places to eat in Lake Louise. As we were going down Tunnel Mountain from our campground, we saw a yearling bear. Since it was a two lane road and other people trying to look, Mary only got a few quick shots. He was pretty shaggy with a lot of winter coat left.



It was a beautiful drive, mostly along the Bow River, to Lake Louise. Our favorite place, an old train station restaurant, was closed for some event. So, up the mountain toward Lake Louise. We had lunch at the Deer Lodge. For those who remember J, we’ve had meals here before with Shirley, Gail, Bob, and Francoise. Lots of beautiful flowers and hanging baskets.




We didn’t go the extra few hundred yards to Lake Louise. There were so many people that it made it an easy decision to bypass since we’d seen it several times before, in winter and summer.

Next we took the beautiful route toward Moraine Lake to snap some shots of hanging glaciers and the mountain stream following the road.