|Sent on:||Saturday, July 13, 2013 1:06 PM|
We're back from Banff after a wonderful trip and a fiasco at the airport.
We were on United on the tarmac for an hour around 11 a.m. when the plane from Korea went down. We went back to the United counter and scheduled for Sunday at 6:45 a.m. on a smaller plane but the flight was good. I had an upset stomach thinking about flying on a small plane, especially after the crash.
We landed in Vancouver, rented a car and drove to Kamloops overnight then drove to Banff for 4 days as we lost a day at the airport. We hiked to the teahouse at Lake Louise which took an hour and a half uphill, an hour down and lunch there at a fantastic site of a glacier, clear cold water. Afterwards, we went to Upper Hot Springs which is about 90 degrees. Then we went to Moraine Lake, another gorgeous lake formed by glaciers.
My pictures will tell what words can't but I'm having a problem downloading from the camera to the computer, tried everything and I've got to take the computer to Office Depot for help.
Banff is pretty compact and walkable as it's only 5 blocks from the hotel to downtown where the restaurants and stores are. It's situated on the Bow River where there's a view of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel and the rapid springs below. I sighted elk along the river and we saw deer on the main street.
At the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, I managed to get us a tour of two of the rooms and we were led upstairs by an African American or Canadian man dressed in a kilt whose name was Tony. The rooms have been kept in period furniture except for the bed, flat screen tv and updated bathrooms. From outside, the top of the hotel looks like dormer windows but we were taken to the 8th floor and these rooms had fantastic views of the valley and mountains.
I should have asked for a tour of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise but we were tired then. We did note there is a resident dog in the lobby and he's friendly to everybody, greets them and shakes their hands.