Saturday, July 05, 2008

Canada: The beginning

Ok, so one has arrived in Canada, flight was not bad really having company helps! We got out the airport super quick and picked up our hire car, a brand spanking new jeep thus all aboard, father got himself used to this left hand drive/driving on the right crazyness:

Then it was out of Calgary towards Canmore, passin the olympic site from when the winter olypics were there in some year:
The olympics being behind the pick up.

We drove along highway 1 (its the longest in the World) we saw mountains:

A mountain, there are many of these it seems.

Found the house, which is very nice all airy and posh and what not with a spiffy view:
excuse rubbishy photography, it was 5am, thank you jetlag, why is it last time i travelled transatlantic i was up for 42 hours whereas this time i was ready to drop after a mere 14 or so?

Friday after we all woke up at 5 we just bimbled around Canmore, we stopped off at a cafe for 2nd breakfast:

I made a rookie mistake and forgot about the magnitude of the portions in this part of the World and ordered French toast which arrived and was enough to prolly feed a small village. We wandered round teh shops, i found the yarn shop and if i havent spent it by then end of the holiday i am going back and spending all my money there.

Then we decided to drive out to the side of a lake (I forget which) to have lunch:At this point i was berating Canada for not providing me with adequate wildlife spottings, well apparently Canada was listening cos when we got home we found these guys:

Just hanging out in the back garden, they didnt seem overly fussed by our presence, dad went out and sat on the deck and they just went about their ways.

Saturday we went into Banff, had a wander up and down the streets looked in all the touristy shops, didnt buy a large amount of cowboy gear then we went up on the gondola to have a nebby.
Father enjoys gondolaThe view down the valley
A ground squirell there were wee baby ones too but the wee buggers were too quick. On the road back down we saw an Elk which was quite exciting, tho i think it was a young un as it was fairly small and antlerless

After that we went for a cruise on Lake Minnewanka (apparently its an o sound not an a) it was supposedly a wildlife cruise but there werent much wildlife to be seen but well it was ok
Today we drove around Kananaskis country and that sorta area there were mountains, lots of mountains and some lakes, which i didnt take photos of cos well, a) its not the same in a photo and b) after a while they all kinda look the same, there was more wildlife spotting tho
a gopher there were loads of these scuttling about the side of the road along with a red squirell or two.

Tommorow we may venture further afield and see what happens, I imagine there will be mountains.

(NB, I am tryin terribly to not be all "what i did on my holidays by Fiona aged 6" but there isnt really any other way to write it, I have you will be glad to know ommited the intricate details of the trips to the supermarket etc, thrilling tho they were)

1 comment:

SiressYorkie said...

I've been wondering how you were getting on over there!! I've never been to looks loverly.

And is Father actually SMILING? Goodness me. That IS an excellent holiday.

Keep the pics coming...*I'm* enjoying them!