Lake Louise to Hinton, Alberta via Icefield Parkway

Today we left Lake Louise Campground and are headed to Hinton, AB KOA.  We are driving the complete Icefield Parkway and stopping at the Discovery Center about halfway along the parkway.    A friend from my high school in Pensacola will be there, so we are hoping we can rendezvous there and visit for a little while.


Herbert Lake Reflections  (sorry for the other reflections!  We were moving and I was snapping pictures).

a Big Brown Bear and he had a Black Bear about 600 yards behind him.

Bridal Veil Falls along Icefield Pkwy

Distinctly I remember…..


The Glacier Skywalk, we didn’t book ahead and do this.  But it was fun seeing it from The Pkwy.

Another Bear!

And he decided to lay down and eat too!   LOL


Stopped Cars always means there is an animal sighting.

It’s a Male Elk.   What a beautiful creature.

Goose Nest

KOA Hinter Jasper.  What a pretty campground.   But, not one of the best we’ve been in.  The internet went down “right before we got there”.  Come to find out from others parked there it had been down for days, and it’s a recurring problem.   Won’t be staying there again!   So, we went into the Hinton Visitor Center and were able to get online.

Icefield Parkway Adventures

60 miles North on the Icefield Parkway is Waterfowl Lakes.   This area of Alberta is truly the most beautiful places we’ve visited.


Num-Ti-Jah Lodge!   We decided to stop and explore.   Even found some great jackets for 80% off (last season deals).

Fun place to explore their grounds.

Kept driving North to Peyto Lake.   IF you are ever in this area, DO NOT MISS this hike to the lake.   Even more beautiful than Moraine, Louise or Waterfowl.

Hard to believe, I know, but it is.

We trekked through trails covered in snow, but so worth it.

Peyto Lake on Icefields Parkway

Grey Jay

Ruffed Grouse along our trail

True Baby Stars of Alberta

Bow Valley Parkway, Lake Louise Alberta to Banff

Today we are off to Banff via The Bow Valley Parkway.    60 miles from Lake Louise Campground (Trailer) to downtown Banff, Via Canada 1A.   A beautiful road

with lots to see along the way.    We are running parallel to the Bow River and Canada 1, but with the thick forests we are driving through we never see “1” and only

see the Bow River occasionally.


We stopped at Baker Creek Mountain Resort & Cafe, Bow Valley Parkway.    Very cute resort.

From inside the Cafe.

Indian Paintbrush

We decided to hike Castle Mountain Lookout.   Not a long trail, but very steep.  I ended up walking back down the hill with a group we met along the way (that also turned around)

while Raymond continued.    I found Calypso or Fairy slipper orchid growing in forest.      Actually missed seeing them on the way up the mountain.

Had no idea Canada had internment camps!

Another Bear!   Almost daily when we are out we see a bear or more!

This guy decided to lay down and eat.



Vermillion Lake, Banff, Alberta, Canada

Elk in Banff near Tunnel Mountain Campground

Bow Falls, Downtown Banff.

Lakes: Moraine, Herbert and Hector

Since we are only planning a few days in Lake Louise, we are enjoying driving hundreds of miles and (usual for us) being “out and about” every day.

Even drove 70 miles (half way) up The Icefield Parkway.

Gray Jay  of Alberta, Canada



Most visitors claim Lake Louise is the most beautiful, but WOW Lake Moraine knocked my socks off.

Nice paths around the lake to wander.

Raymond spotted this guy, who thought he was not being seen.

We can still see you!    I still don’t see how the rest of his body was hidden, but it was!  That tree just wasn’t “that” big.  LOL



Star Wars Face, do you see it?

Diving Duck

We left Lake Moraine and decided to drive North on The Icefields Parkway.    BEAR!   YAY.

Didn’t think we’d spot on so soon.


Lake Hector, Alberta.

We turned around from taking pictures of Hector Lake and here is another BEAR walking down the center of the road.

 @ Hector Lake Viewpoint.    Glad he was walking away from us!



Reflections of Hector Lake, Alberta

Pale and Beautiful Sunset in Alberta

Lake Louise and Views from Lake Louise (Trailer) Campground

Some Mountain Climbing going on.   An hour later when we came back by this area, she was still up there.  Made me feel tired watching her.   LOL

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.  Rooms start at $750

Beautiful Lake Louise

As we left Lake Louise Drive, we saw this Porcupine.

WOW, Look at his claws!

The Avalanche Waiting To Happen!   It did not before we left.

Views from the campground!

Coy Hill to Lake Louise continued

What a beautiful area!   We missed Banff and Lake Louise in 2014, so this year we planned to be in this area for a while.   Relaxed Adventure to Alaska.

A view from the campground.   Lake Louise (Trailer) Campground is listed in Allstays for 50 ft max.   So, we left the Rig walked from Lake Louise Village to the Campground (.8 mile away).   Checked out the park and found the sites are mostly over 100 feet long!   We were able to pull through and keep truck inline, plus have room for the Smart.  It’s 30amp Electric only, so we came in with empty tanks and full fresh water.   Wonderful park and great central location to Banff and driving the Icefield Parkway.     Because we are early in the Season, this park begins taking reservations 21 June.   After that it remains booked solid.

Unusual for us:  As soon as we set up and unloaded the Smart we headed out to get a bite to eat and explore.  Most restaurants open for dinner around 4pm, so we picked what was open.  Then, drove up to Lake Louise.

The ‘famous’ Lake Louise!

Icebergs in Lake Louise, slowly floating downstream!

Same Iceberg smashing into another one!

Ice Crystals from Lake Louise

These Ice Crystals were floating along the shore line and as the waves would move them they made the sweetest ‘tinkling’ sound.    I could have stayed and listened to that for hours!

Avalanche Zones along the Lake Louise Trail!   This is the first one that could tumble into the trail, even though it appeared small.  We walked as far as we could to the end of the trail along Lake Louise.

Wichita, KS

Raymond and I decided to spend a day in Wichita, since we are staying longer than the “2014 National Rally”.  Wichita is a short drive from Hutchinson and a really cute town.    We found the Poets Trail Walking Path.  Fun way to spend a nice weather day.01-dsc_0035 02-dsc_0038 03-dsc_0039 Greetings!   04-dsc_0044 05-dsc_0050 06-dsc_0053 07-dsc_0057 08-dsc_0065 09-dsc_0068 10-dsc_0069 11-dsc_0070 12-dsc_0071 13-dsc_0076 14-dsc_0079 15-dsc_0080 Anyone for a little Hopscotch?16-dsc_0083
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Cherry Creek State Park, Denver, CO

We left Buena Vista on 24 September.   CCSP was a few hours away.   We’ll be staying 2 weeks in the state park so we purchase an annual pass ($70) – and even with that added to cost of campgrounds the per day rate was great.   100′ pull through sites, FHU.  We were behind some trees so we had trouble with reception on the satellite….OTHER than that we will return to this park.   It was great.    Running trails all over.   And 4 miles from Vanessa and Sergei.     YAY!!!!!01-DSC_0015 02-DSC_0020 03-DSC_0023 04-DSC_0025 05-DSC_0027 06-DSC_0028 07-DSC_0031 08-DSC_0032 09-DSC_0054 10-DSC_0063 He caught some dinner! 12-DSC_0078 13-DSC_0083 14-DSC_0089 15-DSC_0094 16-DSC_0095 17-DSC_0097

St Elmo, CO

Visiting a Colorado’s most famous Ghost Town.    LOL01-DSC_0056 02-DSC_0058 03-DSC_0062 04-DSC_0070 05-DSC_0071

The mountains are just beautiful.06-DSC_0075 07-DSC_0083 08-DSC_0084 09-DSC_0090 10-DSC_0093 11-DSC_0101 12-DSC_0105 13-DSC_0110 14-DSC_0114 15-DSC_0115

If you feed the chipmunks here, they will crawl on your shoulder.16-DSC_0117 17-DSC_0126 18-DSC_0141 19-DSC_0142 20-DSC_0144 21-DSC_0169 22-DSC_0173 23-DSC_0197 24-DSC_0206 25-DSC_0226

The triple tunnels on the road behind our campgrounds in Buena Vista, CO.   Carved out by the Chinese who lived here years ago.26-DSC_0229 27-DSC_0235 28-DSC_0246 29-DSC_0257