July 25, 2008 - August 1, 2008
The trip to Calgary was mostly work related, but I made sure there was time to explore the area. Since I have never been to Banff (except drving through it in 1993) I made sure I had a weekend day scheduled to do some serious exploring.
July 26, 2008 - Banff
For about 300K+ you could have a nice condo in the mountains.
There is something about seeing rain in the mountains. Peace.
Further down Highway 1 more rain...
Waiting at the gate to Banff.
Painting perfect picture.
A different view of the rest stop.
A closer look at a waterfall we saw from the rest stop.
I decided to take a random exit to a lake and this is what I found.
It was a little cold too.
Looked like there was a forest fire here at one time.
Seeds almost ready for the wind to take them away.
Beautiful screnery evrywhere!
There was a wedding group taking pictures here also.
There used to be a gold mine here. This is also what I was looking at while providing technical support to my customer.
Rain in the mountains.
The rain usually did not last long.
I stopped frequently along Highway 1 due to the beautiful scenery to take pictures.
A closer look at the water colour.
Another highway stop.
The rain moved quickly through the area.
I saw these over my head and made a quick getaway to the car.
Glacier on the mountain.
Lake Louise and Queen Victoria glacier in the distance.
Another shot of Lake Louise.
The only hotel at the lake.
Pictures from around Lake Louise.
Going back to Calgary. More pictures along Highway 1.
July 27, 2008 - Banff
Wind mill I found at a rest stop in the mountains.
Looking West from the rest stop.
While waiting at the Banff Park gate I took this picture of the view that was behind me.
More Highway 1 scenery.
Our first stop was the Gondola as recommended by a few people.
The view from the top.
We spent a good hour at the top just relaxing and looking at the scenery.
Queen Victoria glacier.
View as I was going down the mountain.
Not exactly sure what kind of animal this was.
Looking out for predators.
I noticed the cave while driving the day before and made plans to stop and take pictures when we were going back the following day.
The cave from a distance.
This candy store smelled so good when walking past.
Banff among the mountains.
Some deer we spotted in the residential area.
On the way to Johnston Canyon there were Elk feeding close to the road.
Grizzly mother bear with two cubs feeding on berries.
Starting the hike to the water falls.
Red squirrel feeding on seeds.
Getting closer to the falls.
Well fed chipmunk.
Finally reached the water fall.
Small cave with stalactites.
The opening to the cave.
Moss on the trees.
Going back to the car.
Wild rose. Alberta's provincial flower.
Another flower I found on the way back.
And even this tiny one.
Beautiful scenery on the way back to the highway.
A pink spot in the sky.
At a truck stop I took some pictures of the fields.
Back in Calgary.
View of downtown Calgary.
July 28, 2008 - Great food and shopping!
Joe Tomato's restaurant. Very good food and desserts!
Mushroom Chicken Mushroom at the Cheesecake Cafe.
My cousin had Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae for lunch.
Downtown Calgary on the way back to the hotel.
July 29, 2008 - Downtown Calgary
Following day we went to the tower downtown. It was a nice sunny day.
In Chinatown we had some Chicken Corn Soup.
Cantonese style shrimp fried noodle.
Art in the business district downtown Calgary.
Bright green fire hydrants.
July 30, 2008 - Drumheller, AB
On the way to Drumheller, Alberta.
At the Royal Tyrrell Museum grounds.
Fossils in the workshop.
More exampples of dinosaur skelletons.
Ammolite donated by Korite to the museum.
Volcanic ash "popcorn" can be very slippery when wet.
Beautiful scenery surrounded the museum.
The comfortable rental car with heated seats was great on the way back when it got really chilly at night.
July 31, 2008 - Calgary.
View from the hotel.
Sushi tacos at Joe Tomato's.
August 1, 2008 - Breakfast before the flight.
Ice cubes in the glass of water.
Our breakfast before the flight baking inside the oven.
Chocolate suffle with vanilla ice cream.
Apple pie with maple walnut ice cream.
Plane runway at the airport.
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