July 29, Saturday
Oh . . . this hurts! Tom drew a homeward route right through the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains – Jasper and Banff National Parks – skirting Yoho, Kootenay and Waterton National Parks! Towns: Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff, Calgary! We have already decided that this will be next year’s vacation, so we are just counting today as a scouting trip! Here are some of the beauties that we passed right by.
At 12:30 we entered Lake Louise – it was as busy as New York City! Nowhere to park and traffic cops that physically took over the routing of cars beyond the stop signs! Signs led to “overflow” parking out of town, with shuttle service back into town. We just stopped for gas and by the time were back on the road again, we were wondering if we should consider an early spring trip back!
Out of Banff, heading for Calgary, we were on a 4-lane highway, and quickly traded the Rocky Mountains for rolling, agricultural and grasslands. We could see the city of Calgary miles ahead before when we got there – something we haven’t experienced on a regular basis for 8 weeks.
Another landmark observation of having reached this latitude – last night it got dark -- Dark, dark! I had thought Alaska would just reach “dark” at a much later time in the evening, and that it would disappear at a much earlier time in the morning. What we found was that it achieved twilight at about 9:00 . . . and stayed there the rest of the night. In the middle of the night it was as light as could be, although not bright. I wonder what other conditions we are going to have to acclimate to! Oh, the temperature. As we dropped out of altitude we noticed the thermometer edging toward 90 degrees.
Our stop for the night (after 580 miles and 12 hours) was at a Casino that we had stayed at 8 weeks ago on the way out!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown