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.

ALASKA BOUND!

Off we go!   We left Rollins, Montana this morning and entered Canada at Roosville.   No delays or problems at the border.    Along Canada 93 I kept seeing these unusual white flowers shaped like Garlic Bulbs on top of a long stalk and then it opens.    Hoping to ID it and I’ll edit this post.

Of course, I’m finally getting around to posting on 27 June!   Better late than never, I guess.    To date, I have not found the name of these plants.    Today is also our oldest’s Birthday:   Happy Birthday, Chris.   Can’t believe we have a Son that is 33.    Where did the time go?

 

 

WOW, what a view?

We decided to Boondock for the night.   Several boondock sights we were told about were closed, so we decided to stop a Coy Hill Rest Area.   Next to Columbia Lake.   A nice, fairly level rest area!

Lots of Wild Roses everywhere!

Lake Superior Circle Tour

We left Bill and Joan Richard’s wonderful KOA park and headed up and around Lake Superior.     The Lake Superior Circle Tour is not something we had planned to do, but someday we will finish the whole tour.

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Along the way, we passed through White River, Ontario “Birthplace of Winnie The Pooh”. Couldn’t miss a chance to see the museum and park.    Thousands of Winnie items!  And the curator was full of knowledge, as you would expect.

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Of all the Moose we have seen, this is the first Bull Moose.   Beautiful.    And, he stayed out of the woods long enough for me to snap about a dozen shots as we passed by.

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Lake Superior!

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Beautiful Ontario Scenery nearing Nipigon, Ontario where we stopped for the night!

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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

2014 Autumn Color Run Half Marathon, Buena Vista, CO

As many of you know, Raymond and I are running (I’m walking) half marathons around the country.   We hope to do all 50 States Halves…FL, AK, and now CO are done!!!!  Next is the Rock N Roll Half in San Antonio on 7 December with my brother/sis in law Jerry/Barbara.

Buena Vista was especially challenging since it began at 9600′ elevation and ended at 7800′.   But we finished.    Our daughter, Vanessa, joined us from Denver..as well as her boyfriend, Sergei…he was injured so he didn’t run it.   But, he surprised us at different points along the 13.1 miles – taking pictures!!!!     NICE!!!!

We rode a school bus to the start line, since there was about 4 places to park up there.  I remembered quickly why I didn’t like to ride school buses in school.  hahahaha

 

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Vanessa (in pink) and Raymond chatting before the race.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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One more step when I looked down otherwise….I would have squashed this guy.My next step would have been on top of this guy!

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When I recovered from the race, we had an early dinner at Eddyline Brewing.  Appetizer:

Pheasant and Chicken, Wild Boar with Apricot, Smoked Buffalo, Elk & Jalapeno, and Jackelope and Habenero.

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Downtown along the river.   A ‘living room’ made from ceramic tiles.17-20140920_172825 18-20140920_172947 20-DSC_0020

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