On Sunday, May 25, 2014, we packed up, fueled up in St. Mary, and
made our way on 89N to the
Canadian border. Wow, what an
easy crossing. We were the first across, and while waiting across the street at the Duty Free Store, we watched as
as the others came through just as fast as we did!
And, with the
Stars and Stripes in our rear view mirror, and
Alberta and beyond in front of us, we
replaced the Next Exit with the Milepost and headed
North for new and uncharted adventures!
First, we had to familiarize ourselves with some
Wallace took the
lead and guided us along the Canadian Highways.
We made a stop at
Fort Macleod for a short
break. Here we found a
replica of the original Fort Macleod. The Fort/Museum features the history of the North West Mounted Police. The original fort, named for Colonel J.F. Macleod was built in 1874 and was the first outpost of NWMP.
move on. What beautiful country...and
I though Texas was cattle country! The ranch land
in Alberta seems to go on forever.
We made a
lunch stop beside the road before heading on
towards our evening destination.
We made our way west of Calgary and enjoyed the
Cowboy trail, enjoying lots of beautiful scenery.
As we neared Banff National Park, there was the pure beauty of
majestic mountains, and serenity of the
There was the uniqueness of the
overpasses. These are designed just so the wildlife can cross the highway!
Time for a fuel stop...we had 2 tickets for $100 each (Canadian $$) or translated to the US $$...equals $5.00 per gallon for diesel.
Just down the road, we exited to Banff National Park. We paid for 2 nights stay in the park system, the first being at
Lake Louise Campground. Great wide pull through sites. We shared this one with Bob and Molly. The sites were electric (30amp) only, but, it was all we needed. Once we settled in, we headed out to take in the surroundings. This river
flows just to the edge of the campground and these
little critters play along the bank and throughout the park.
The drive to
took us by surprise! I never thought that
this is what we would find. I don't think I have ever seen a frozen lake. Wow, is all I can say.
What a beautiful
sight. And, on it's banks sits the elegant
Chateau Lake Louise.
After a walk through the
snow, we headed back to the campground and...
the rain settled in, but, before we snuggled in for the night, we had chocolate cake and wished Mary at Happy Birthday.
What an awesome day!