Friday, October 15, 2010

A Side Trip to Banff

I am convinced that my name must mean He Who Brings Bad Weather in the Native American cultures. When I landed in Calgary last evening, the city had been basking in temperatures of 71F during the day.  However, this morning I woke to snow and a temperature of about 32F which I know is 0C.

No matter.  We still took our side trip up to the mountains at Banff and Lake Louise Marie. Joan Miller from the Alberta Family Histories Society was the tour guide and Dick Eastman, Lyn Meehan and I were along for the ride.

First stop was Bow Falls right inside Banff National Park.  Below are three videos of our short time there. (Note: in one clip, I state that the hotel is the Lake Louise Hotel when in fact it is the Banff Springs Hotel which we later visited. It must have been my two hours of sleep that caused me to make that error!)

After driving around Banff, we stopped in for lunch at the Bison Mountain Bistro and General Store.  What a great place and great food! Ask Dick about his bison chili! More great conversations about genealogy during lunch as well.

After lunch, it was on to Lake Louise which was about 45 minutes away.  More beautiful views but slightly obscured by that pesky snow!

Finally a long ride back to the hotel with some cat napping and lots of genealogy discussions! After a good nights sleep, we'll all be ready for the Family Roots seminar tomorrow!

© 2010, copyright Thomas MacEntee


Cheryl Palmer said...

You all must have had a blast! That is some beautiful country! Plus you had a great tour guide! Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Elyse Doerflinger said...

Oh Thomas! It's absolutely beautiful! How lucky of you to be able to see this truly majestic place. Have fun at the seminar tomorrow!

Holly said...

Sounds like fun...