I’ve been in Calgary for the past 12 days and I’ve posted a few photos, one playlist, and exactly one blog entry. And if you read that particular blog entry you’d know that I’ve been a little under the weather. Well, don’t feel too sorry for me. It’s true, I have had a bit of a cold for 10 days, but it certainly hasn’t stopped me from doing anything.
On Thursday I spent the day with a horseracing fan that I’ve known through Facebook for many years. We’ve only met in person once so naturally I felt that I was imposing, but Shelley insisted on picking me up in Calgary (a 40 minute drive from her home) and then taking me on a full day tour. I didn’t protest too loudly when she repeated the offer a second time.
In the span of 16 hours I managed to dip a toe in Lake Louise, check out the Chateau Lake Louise, buy a $6 bottle of water at the Banff Springs Hotel, spot a single lonely deer, hike a short distance to the small but incredibly beautiful Numa Falls, and straddle the BC / Alberta border with one foot in each province at the Continental Divide near Vermilion Pass in Kootenay National Park. At the end of a full day we’d been through parts of three national parks, visited several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and had a decent lunch at Lake Louise. By dinner time we were back in Cremona where we met Shel’s husband Boyd at the local watering hole / gourmet pizza place.
You couldn’t pack much more into a single day. I wouldn’t want to keep that pace for more than a day at a time but it was great to spend the day with friend and to see so much varied territory — from farmland to foothills to the greatest mountain range on the continent — and all within a days drive of Calgary.
Check out the photos of this trip in the gallery: “Day trip to Numa Falls, Banff, Lake Louise, Vermillion Pass, Cremona”