October 12, 2004 Canadian Rockies

Riley and I finally made it into the Canadian Rockies a couple of days ago. The Rockies are as beautiful as ever and the glaciers continue to recede. Hard to believe that there are still people who don't believe in global warming. Victoria Glacier at Lake Louise has receded back to where you can't see its front from the opposite side of the lake anymore.

Margie at Lake Louise

Beautiful Turquoise Lake Louise
We chose not to walk up to the Athabasca Glacier this time as it was raining but did go up to Athabasca Falls and got a couple of nice pictures. We didn't see a lot of wildlife but got plenty of warnings about it. Our new animal to sight was a pine marten--looks kin to the weasel.

Athabasca Falls

Athabasca River downstream from the Falls
For birds, we saw the Clark's Nutcracker--one flew up and sat on our side-view mirror, and a couple of black-billed magpies--pretty blue on the wings.

Lake Louise continues to be one of the most beautiful spots I've ever seen, even with all the development around it since first I saw it. We spent the night there in the campground next to the Athabasca River. The water in the river, the falls and the lake is a beautiful turquoise--love it. We found most of the campgrounds in the park were closed--only two were open. Canada charges a daily rate for just being in the park which I don't remember from before. I guess we were always just driving through before so got the one day charge and didn't think about it further. Since the campgrounds were closed or expensive, we chose to stay only two days in the park.

View of Canadian Rockies

Castle Mountain

We are now in a commercial park just outside Radium Hot Springs, and are considering taking a dip in the springs before we go on. There are six National Parks in this area: Jaspar & Banff are in Alberta; Kootenay, Yoho, Glacier, and Revelstoke in British Columbia. Radium Hot Springs is just outside Kootenay, so we have been in three parks. Today we will probably drive through Glacier and Revelstoke, leaving only Yoho unseen.

Riley downloaded both presidential debates from the Internet and we have listened to the first one. We were glad Kerry did so well and seemed to pick up some points for it. As badly as Bush seemed to do, it was hard to fathom how he could come back and do well enough for the second to be a draw. Guess we'll see if we agree with that assessment when we listen to it--maybe tonight.

We've bought a bunch of DVD movies lately from Wal-Mart for under $10, most only $5. We found Riley's favorite movie, "Rustler's Rhapsody," in a $5 bin here in Canada. Most amazing since it evidently just came out--we've been looking for it on DVD for a long time. It's still funny. From the same bin, we also bought Richard Burton in "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold"--what a good movie and probably a lot closer to what the life of a spy is really like than the the action movies made nowadays.

Love to all,
Margie & Riley

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