Jen’s Journal – July 9, 2019

Day 10: Banff National Park

Sunny and warm.

Got up early to go see Lake Louise and Moraine Lake while we could still park near them. While driving the Trans Canadian Highway saw a WOLF on a rocky slope, trotting along the edge of the water as we were driving along!

Later I saw what I’m pretty sure was a grizzly amongst some immature trees.

We ended up at Moraine Lake first and how gorgeous was it! A deep blue surrounded by mountains and a glacier or two thrown in for good measure.

Since it was now mid-morning, there wasn’t a chance of us getting a parking spot at Lake Louise, so we took the shuttle bus. So did everyone else. We waited 1 1/2 hours to get on a darn school bus. At least the weather was nice, and we were told the wait would be two hours! Although Lake Louise is probably the prettiest lake in the world – it basically has a stage setting with mountains on three sides, the one in the center is glacier and snow covered and you approach it from the flat audience side – Tom got creeped out by so many people. We enjoyed a long sack lunch on a bench with the lake for a view and the sounds of a couple getting married right behind us.

Late in the day, we took a somewhat treacherous hike to the fox-shaped Peyto Lake, and were rewarded with this view.

We drove along until we found a campground, still in Banff, that takes no reservations. Hardly anyone was there yet. This turned out to be our coolest campsite yet: we have a rushing river on our campsite and we are surrounded by glorious mountains.

Right now the sun has set behind a big pointy mountain and behind it are pinks and blues and a few clouds in the sky.

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