I woke early this morning next to Peyto Lake (images) and it was COLD! The thermometer I have said it was 17! It was getting light outside but the sun had not yet come up. I went outside and walked down to the lake shore. It was so beautiful…..
I woke very early this morning to take care of a little business. 🙂 When I went outside I looked up (as I always do) and saw something really weird in the sky. I thought maybe it was clouds but the sky was clear. I kept looking at it and then I realized what it was. It was something that I had always wanted to see, but had never seen before…..the Northern Lights!
I woke this morning still feeling really energized by yesterdays hike and I was ready to head north again. After breakfast I topped off my gas and made my way back onto the Trans-Canada Highway (wiki). After about 5 miles I took the Icefields Parkway, hwy 93 north toward Jasper park and Jasper town.
I woke early this morning, made/ate breakfast and, armed with the information I received from the very helpful park ranger yesterday, headed out for a long (and hopefully un-crowded) day of hiking. When I reached the trailhead it looked promising as there were only 4 or 5 other cars. So I quickly loaded my day pack, laced up my “serious” boots and hit the “trail” (more on that in a moment)…..
I made it to Lake Louise late yesterday afternoon. As I had done in Banff I wanted to take a hike today that would provide good views of Lake Louise and the surrounding mountains. In looking at the map of Banff NP and doing some reading on line I decided to do a hike just up from the lake. Although I knew it would probably be crowded from what I could see it looked like a great place to see the area….and it sure was!
I woke in Banff this morning to a very clear and very cold day. I ended my day last night by watching a large bull Elk walk through a parking lot in Banff just before I went to bed. While not a big deal in Banff this is not something I see very often (never) outside of Philly (ha ha) so it still excites me. Unfortunately he surprised me and moved through so quickly that I was unable to get any pictures….but I’m sure you can image. 🙂 However, I did manage to get a great picture of downtown Banff this morning…..
I woke in the town of Banff Canada this morning. Banff was one of the towns that I was really looking forward to visiting as I’ve always wanted to come here (to ski). I was supposed to come for a ski trip a few years ago but had to cancel, so I was anxious to explore the area. My first stop, after breakfast of course :-), was the Banff Visitors Centre on main street Banff to get some information on the hiking trails around Banff.