Monday, May 21, 2012

End of the Road!

Day 16 and 17 - Spokane to Nor. Cal. to Home!

Bug Splats.  After a while it's time to get gas just to be able to see the scenery more clearly.
Just where the Columbia River gorge started to get slightly green, as we headed west.
I wish I had taken a few better pictures of the gorge along the river--I had heard how beautiful it is, but had only seen the eastern most third, which really didn't strike me as beautiful (impressive, yes!)  The western part gets very lush and green and really very nice!
A quick lunch at a nice little grassy park near Multnomah Falls.
We enjoyed a visit overnight with my grandparents.  Too brief, but we appreciated the place to stay and one of Grandma's delicious dinners!  This rainbow rose was in a bouquet at their house!
The first thing we did when we arrived home was to check out our yard and garden!  It looked downright bushy after being gone two and a half weeks at this time of the year!

Spokane

Day 15 - In Spokane with friends.
We mostly spent the day visiting and relaxing, but did run down to downtown Spokane to look at the river, wander through a park and stop at a thrift store!  :-)

On the Road Again...

Day 14 - A long day on the road from Banff to Spokane.

Crandon cooking bacon--Yum!
Mango for breakfast.

It was really nice to have hot running water for dishes at most of the places we camped.
This is the mountain that we could see from our campsite.
Wow!  This little pond caught our eye as we started down toward Spokane.
We actually saw a bear on the side of the road!!!  I'd never seen a bear in the wild before.
The color contrast of this lake with the green grass all around it was incredibly striking!
One of our first views of Idaho, after crossing back into the states. 

Sunday, May 20, 2012

A Full Day in Banff, Plus a Dinner Show!

Day 13 - walked all around Banff, and decided, last-minute, to go to a dinner show in the next town east, Canmore.

This bridge was built in the 1920s to carry people across the river to and from town and the Upper Hot Springs.  We did spend one evening at the Springs; it was fun to enjoy a whole pool of 102 degree water, out under the semi-light sky, at 10:30pm!
Banff Springs Hotel in the background, built by the Canadian Pacific Railroad, in the 1880s, to entice wealthy clientele.
Bow Falls.
Bow Falls in the background, just out of Banff township.
Banff Springs Hotel from the base.  That wall is HUGE, like a fortress!
Once inside the central courtyard of the Banff Springs Hotel.  It looked like a lovely and upscale place to stay!
Sitting in a coffee shop with wireless, so that we could update our blog, for all you faithful readers!  :-)  (I think we were posting days ten and eleven here!)
One scene of the town of Banff.  The town is surrounded by mountains, and is a very charming tourist location.
Crandon, making sure we know where we're going.
One more view of the mountains!
We saw a really fun dinner show in Canmore, AB!  The singers and dancers were also the servers.  We had a selection of family style food choices, all canadian, and all delicious.  The show was titled 'Canada, Eh!' and was all music written or made popular by canadian artists, and changed focus throughout the show from history to sports to arts to geography, etc.  This was an impulse decision after seeing one of their brochures in Banff, and ended up by a very fun and worthwhile way to spend the evening!
Finished the day with a little reading by lantern light in our tent.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Banff

Day 12 - The rest of the way to Banff!

A view of the Rockies, on Hwy 1 (the Trans-Canada)
From the village at Lake Louise.  We almost missed seeing the lake because I thought it was an hour off the road; turns out it's an hour out of Banff, but just off the road if you stop on the way through!  Oops!
Lake Louse is still frozen!  It was a nice sunny day though.
The remains of cleared skating rinks on the frozen lake.  It looks like fun!
There are wildlife over-crossings at regular intervals throughout the national park.
They are fairly new so the plantings are not well established yet.
Once in the town of Banff we wandered around and went in a number of shops, but I forgot to take pictures!
Crandon made sure we didn't pass up this photo-op with a Musk Ox!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Next Installment!

Day 10 - Last Day With Grandma & Grandpa

Grandma & Grandpa took us out for a very nice dinner at The Boathouse in White Rock!
I had Sockeye Salmon - Yum!
Crandon had steak.
Where we went :-) 
Along the Promenade in White Rock.
The tide was out so we could see the tidal pools around the pier.
 Day 11 - On the Road Again

Heading out in the morning. 
Snow!  Someone thought we needed to wear the snow?!? 
A lunch stop along the shore of Okanagan Lake.
Same stop.
We visited the Log Barn somewhere out of Enderby and came away with yummy sausages and smoked gouda.
In the Log Barn store. 
Along the road. 
And the road.  Headed for the Rockies.
This is our campsite at the Revelstoke KOA.
I'm fixing us some dinner while Crandon sets up the tent and starts a fire.

Friday, May 11, 2012

"Out & About" in the Lower Main Land

Day 8 - R & R around Grandma and Grandpas, and a visit to Bear Creek Park

Pretty pansies in Bear Creek Park. 
Forget-Me-Nots seem to be scattered everywhere up here!  I love their pretty blue shade and the little white centers.
Grandma and Grandpa enjoy a stroll around the groomed gardens.
Crandon and I walked around the big perimeter loop and crossed a creek
We hadn't seen Bleeding Hearts growing in the wild before, but they're everywhere in the forested areas here!
We spent a little time with family; out for East Indian food and back to the house for some coffee and dessert.
:-)
(Sorry about the red eye!)
 Day 9 - Visit to Lynn Canyon Park and North Vancouver

On the suspension bridge, about 150 feet above Lynn Creek! 
A little ways up the creek is the '30 Foot Pool' - beautiful clear water the color of green glass.
My honey and yours truly.
A HUGE tree!  An old picture from the visitors center at Lynn Canyon.
When we finished hiking we went into North Vancouver to browse around and stop for an afternoon (coffee) break.  The little bakery had cases full of the prettiest pastries and cakes!  And good coffee!  A worthwhile stop, for sure.  Also, just a block down the street from two thrift stores! :-)