Tuesday, September 8, 2015

September 8, 9 and 10th, 2015.....Reflecting on Our Canadian Visit

We checked out of the 'Paradise Bungalow' and went into the Village at Lake Louise National Park.  Had a bite to eat and did a little tourist shopping.  I bought our grandkids a 'polar bear' mug each.  They were normal mugs but all white with a type of technique that gave them the appearance of fur with two black eyes...kinda cool.  Also, found more "native" stones in a rock shop.
My Canadian treasure was a red knit hat and a ceramic birch canoe.....

We left the Lake Louise area and headed on across Alberta and British Columbia Canadian Rockies on Trans Canada Highway One.....stopping occasionally at pull-overs to take pictures and enjoy the view.

What we wanted to accomplish on this trip was seeing some national parks, the Canadian Rockies, see our niece and family in Mt.  Shasta, California and my sister and family in Coronado, California.  Also, to spend a few days in the northwestern part of Washington in LaConner and Anacortes.  

We have several friends who have taken the train trip through the Canadian Rockies and we had wanted to do that too, but, logistically it just didn't work out for us to do it that way.  So, we opted to drive.
However, our first day in the area of the Canadian Rockies it snowed heavily, with dense fog and we were unable to see any of the Banff area and very little of the Lake Louise area....so, I chose to purchase a DVD to enjoy when we got home.  Boowah!  
The next day coming out of Lake Louise the skies began to clear and the weather acted more like an Indiana September than a Canadian Rockies January!  We later learned the day following our drive through the Rockies that Calgary had experienced 10 inches of more snow.....

The Trans Canada Highway One was the perfect highway to travel thru the Rockies and see all the peaks, and vistas and small towns along the way.  Around every curve there was a different view...and many tunnels...on some of the tunnels "there was no light at the end".....and, then another curve and you were out of the tunnel.....
I haven't really thought about it before, but, I don't believe there are any tunnels or even too many expansive bridges in Indiana?

We had nice stays in Canada and thankful the United States borders that great country.....

On to LaConner, Washington....

Journey Mercies......