Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A Grizzly and Unimaginably Blue Water

A Photo Journal series from our trip to Glacier National Park and the Canadian Rockies.
Moraine Lake

Wednesday, July 5 
We woke up to bright blue skies and breakfast from Starbucks before driving down the Bow Valley Parkway.  Just before we reached Johnston Canyon we spied a Grizzly eating dandelions along the road.  Incredible. 

What a cool experience.  But it wasn't too far from our next hike...  Fortunately we only spotted a few squirrels and chipmunks. ;)
 

Even the parking lot views were amazing.

On our way to Lake Louise we stopped at an overlook expecting to see just trees and mountains.  When we walked to the edge we saw the beautiful Bow River and then a train came barreling down the track.  (Even the mountains behind us were picture-worthy.)

We stopped at the ski resort for a picnic lunch.  (We almost decided to ride the ski lift for the views.  Thankfully we didn't because soon after we got there the power went out and we would have been stuck on the lift.)

Then we drove to Lake Louise hoping to find parking at Moraine Lake.  (We did!)  We hiked the Rock Pile Trail and took at least 100 pictures of this view.

The other side of the Rock Pile.

We hiked back down,

so that we could canoe in the kool-aid blue water.

On the way back M and I stopped to watch clouds forming and dissipating in the sky and lost track of time.

After a full day we stopped at Rocky Mountain Flatbread in Banff for pizza.

And then as we drove to our condo along the Bow Valley Parkway we saw our first black bear ambling through the underbrush.

It was a breath-taking day.

Glacier National Park/Canadian Rockies Trip Posts
Getting to Montana
Kootenay National Park