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Chris, Please Move that Mountain

Posted by on September 5, 2009
Our drive to Banff was spectacular. We drove through British Columbia’s Glacier National Park, through Yoho National Park, and finally into Banff National Park.  We stopped first in the Lake Louise area to check out the campground. . Full.  Having no reservations, we immediately proceeded to the Banff campgrounds with fingers and toes crossed.  Okay…my fingers and toes were crossed.  I doubt Chris had any concern.  That’s solely my job to worry.  I already knew the campground with full hookups was not an option, but I had researched earlier in the week and saw that the Village II campground (with electric hookup only) was generally available.  We arrived to Village II and did not immediately see a “Full” sign.  Phew!  We pulled up to the window and asked for a site.  The young woman in the booth said, “I have one site left.”  Seriously…how lucky are we.  I’m somewhat convinced, however, that she says this to everyone to make them feel special.  It worked.  I felt special.  We booked the site for the week.
We spent our first night setting up the satellite to insure that Chris would be able to work.  Unfortunately, a large mountain was blocking our satellite transmission and Chris is unable to move mountains…even for me.  While the mountain blocked our satellite, it made for incredible scenery.  This week, my backyard was spectacular!
The next day, we decided to check out downtown Banff and Lake Minnewanka.  Lake Minnewanka has beautiful views but even better…it has wildlife.  Along the route to the lake, the bighorn sheep meander near the road, pose for tourists such as us, and occasionally approach vehicles in hopes of obtaining food from those willing to feed them, which we were not because we know that you NEVER feed the wildlife!  It was an exciting drive to the lake with sheep standing their ground in the middle of the road.  When we finally made it to the lake, the views were outstanding and the light from the setting sun made for excellent photos.
We briefly explored downtown Banff, an expensive resort-like town, and searched for a spot where perhaps Chris could pick up a wireless signal later in the week for work.  That mission failed and we decided we (I) would worry about that later in the week.  We headed home that night, made dinner, and then did a thorough cleaning of the trailer in anticipation of our house guest.  That’s right, for the next few weeks, our 160 square feet of living space will contain three adults and two dogs.  Our friend, Hong, from Boston, who is, at times, oblivious to clean spaces, (and I mean that in the nicest way) is coming to check out our new living arrangements and travel with us.  He bought a one-way ticket to Calgary.  Return date to Boston:  unknown.  We hope our very clean home will be an inspiration to him to help keep it that way for it clutters quickly.  He is going to have a lot to learn!
Our drive through Canada's Glacier National Park

Our drive through Canada's Glacier National Park

Our drive to Banff was spectacular. We drove through British Columbia’s Glacier National Park, through Yoho National Park, and finally into Banff National Park. We stopped first in the Lake Louise area to check out the campground. . Full. Having no reservations, we immediately proceeded to the Banff campgrounds with fingers and toes crossed. Okay…my fingers and toes were crossed. I doubt Chris had any concern. That’s solely my job to worry. I already knew the campground with full hookups was not an option, but I had researched earlier in the week and saw that the Village II campground (with electric hookup only) was generally available. We arrived to Village II and did not immediately see a “Full” sign. Phew! We pulled up to the window and asked for a site. The young woman in the booth said, “I have one site left.” Seriously…how lucky are we. I’m somewhat convinced, however, that she says this to everyone to make them feel special. It worked. I felt special. We booked the site for the week.

Our backyard in Banff

Our backyard in Banff

We spent our first night setting up the satellite to insure that Chris would be able to work. Unfortunately, a large mountain was blocking our satellite transmission and Chris is unable to move mountains…even for me. While the mountain blocked our satellite, it made for incredible scenery. This week, my backyard was spectacular!

The next day, we decided to check out downtown Banff and Lake Minnewanka. Lake Minnewanka has beautiful views but even better…it has wildlife. Along the route to the lake, the bighorn sheep meander near the road, pose for tourists such as us, and occasionally approach vehicles in hopes of obtaining food from those willing to feed them, which we were not because we know that you NEVER feed the wildlife! It was an exciting drive to the lake with sheep standing their ground in the middle of the road. When we finally made it to the lake, the views were outstanding and the light from the setting sun made for excellent photos.

A bighorn sheep at Lake Minnewanka

Bighorn sheep at Lake Minnewanka

We briefly explored downtown Banff, an expensive resort-like town, and searched for a spot where perhaps Chris could pick up a wireless signal later in the week for work. That mission failed and we decided we (I) would worry about that later in the week. We headed home that night, made dinner, and then did a thorough cleaning of the trailer in anticipation of our house guest. That’s right, for the next few weeks, our 160 square feet of living space will contain three adults and two dogs. Our friend, Hong, from Boston, who is, at times, oblivious to clean spaces, (and I mean that in the nicest way) is coming to check out our new living arrangements and travel with us. He bought a one-way ticket to Calgary. Return date to Boston: unknown. We hope our very clean home will be an inspiration to him to help keep it that way for it clutters quickly. He is going to have a lot to learn!

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