Across the Border

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Lake Louise

The day dawned just as windy as the night before ended.  Closing down the trailer was a cold adventure.  Soon we were on the way to Canada.  Crossing the border was fast and easy.  However, the clear skies we had in Shelby soon turned dark and rainy.  As we drove north we were periodically doused with rain and the prospects of doing any sightseeing appeared slim.  The drive to Banff was uneventful although driving through Calgary was not much fun.  As we drove toward the mountains, we noticed that they were still very snow covered.  We found out that fresh snow had fallen today.  Brrrrrrrrr!

When we arrived at Banff the skies seemed to brighten a little and it was not raining as we set up the trailer in the Tunnel Mountain Campground.

Snowy mountains
  This is a nice campground in Banff National Park.  After setting up, we headed off to Lake Louise.  The weather was improving although raindrops occasionally hit the windshield.  We passed three deer along the side of the road on the way into Lake Louise.  They only stayed for a few photos and then headed back into the woods.  Even with the cool weather, there were lots of folks enjoying Lake Louise, some even canoeing.  Then it was on to Lake Moraine.  The water level appeared to be low, but the water was a beautiful blue and the sky seemed to be getting even brighter.

As we started back the sun actually made an appearance, reflecting off the snow capped mountains.  We were not far along the road, when we noticed a number of cars stopped along the side.  There must be an animal.  Sure enough, an elk was grazing right along side of the highway.  Why he put himself so close to the road, I don’t know, but the traffic going by did not seem to faze him.  Only when a car pulled up close did he seem concerned.  He was soon joined by a second elk, which had been grazing in the woods. 

The day ended with the skies clearing.  I hope the weather holds for tomorrow as we head up the Icefields Parkway.

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Lake Louise
Lake Louise
Snowy mountains
Snowy mountains
Lake Maligne
Lake Maligne
Elk along the road
Elk along the road
Banff
photo by: jeffy