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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!



Friday, 26 June 2015

Banff

It's the weekend and the area around Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies is full of visitors so Marilyn and myself decided to go to Banff for the day. We left early so that we could get on the gondola to the top of Sulphur mountain before the tour parties arrived.
We were in one of the first of the cars to go up







Mountain goats relaxing beneath the gondola.


























The mountain is almost 7,500ft high (2,300m). There were some great reflections in the windows around the gondola building.






But no reflection can upstage the real views.












 

There is a short walk from the Gondola to a weather station at the top of the mountain overlooking the town of Banff. Peering through the window you can see the sparse conditions meteorologists endured.




At the base of the gondola is the ice explorer used to take the tourists onto the glacier.
Close by are the thermal springs where we spent a pleasant hour broiling ourselves whilst gazing at the surrounding mountains.
Banff is a small town but full of life with lots of cafes, art galleries and shops.

We drove back past the castle cliffs









We decided to have a look at Moraine Lake on our way back to Lake Louise. I am so glad we did as this Lake has to be one of the most picturesque in the Park.
It is surrounded by the Ten Peaks.



Rippled rock, proof that this area was once covered by sea - 560 million years ago.

Sharing with James at Weekend Reflections

20 comments:

  1. I think that the word majestic best describes these views. Moraine Lake is very beautiful.

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  2. Wow what absolutely stunning scenery..

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  3. Again, that blue of the glacier lakes is so striking. Did you see the elk in Banff? They were every where when we were there.

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  4. Thanks for sharing these fantastic images. Nice to see it all again.

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  5. Masterpiece of nature. And nature is fantastic

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  6. Beautiful views of snow capped mountains.

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  7. It must have been rather cold up there !

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  8. Thank you for showing these beautiful photos. They bring back good memories, we were there in September 2012 :)

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  9. Thank you for showing these beautiful photos. They bring back good memories, we were there in September 2012 :)

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  10. Those mountains are stunning and the green gletsjer lakes are so beautiful.

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  11. what a trip you guys our on. So much to see and enjoy. Don´t think you can ever be tired on things like this. :) Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Lake Louise is one place I'm looking forward to seeing one day. Your pictures are stunning! That gondola ride looked like fun, too. :-)

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  13. Wonderful photos and the vistas are just glorious. I love the blue color of Moraine Lake.

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  14. What wonderful views! Moraine Lake was my most favorite place in Banff National Park.

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  15. ohhhhhhh ohhhhhhhh ohhhhhhhh Mother has given us such gifts to enjoy and cherish.

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  16. Lake Louise is indeed a beautiful place! I'm so glad you got to see and appreciate it!

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  17. Amazing photos of an incredibly beautiful place!

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  18. Hello Dearet friend; What a BEAUTIFUL range of mountain and the lake♡♡♡ Almost a dream trip♪

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

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  19. Beautiful scenery everywhere. Brings back wonderful memories of our trip there. We did the bus ride onto the glacier and a rubber raft trip down the river.

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