Day 1 September 13
Yes - we do like our road trips. And there seems to be a trend where we put Craig on a plane one day, and a few days later take off for a holiday! This time, we put him on a plane on September 11 and we left on our trip September 13.
As usual, we didn't have detailed plans, only the idea that we would head west with the ambition of eventually getting to Seattle and Vancouver Island. Our first stop would be Kelowna and Peachland. We loaded up our little Mazda 3 hatchback with as many of Eric's belongings as we could stuff into the little car and off we went.
Most of you would know that Calgary is on the east side of the Rockies, and Kelowna and points beyond are on the west side. This meant that we had to drive through the mountains on our first day. If the weather is bad, this can be challenging and downright dangerous. But as you'll see, the weather was terrific and we had a very nice drive.
Many of the pix were taken while driving - I snapped them through the windshield. Considering that - they didn't turn out too badly!
Just outside of Calgary - mountains in the distance.
This mountain is the result of a thrust from the Mcconnell Fault. This resulted in there being 80 million year old rock in the face of its cliff and 8 million year old rock at the scree slopes near its base. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Yamnuska
(I don't know the names of most of the mountains, but I do this one.)
Exshaw limestone quarry and the Lafarge cement plant. This has been here since I can remember. They continue to cut into the mountain to mine the limestone. Exshaw is a small town just east of Banff/Canmore.
By now we are just in the park gates at Banff National Park.
These are the wildlife overpasses constructed over the highway to allow wildlife to cross the highway without being killed by traffic. The highway has been fenced on either side all through the park (Banff National Park) so the animals cannot go onto the highway, so these overpasses have been constructed for them. Apparently they work, as more are being built, as you will see in the following pix.
Train by the highway.