That’s what we are — toast. Seems all the days have caught up and tonight we are exhausted. Each day is packed with beauty that is overwhelming. Just when we think a mountain can’t get any higher, or a lake any more turquoise, we round a corner and there is an even more magnificent sight.
The Icefield Parkway was mile after mile of glacier capped mountains and surprise waterfalls. We stopped at one particularly splendid one (Athabasca Falls) — water forcefully pouring over the rocks. What a sound!
As I sit here in our room, sipping Grand Marnier, overlooking turquoise Lake Louise I am struggling to remember the highlights of our day. On our drive from Jasper to Lake Louise we saw some critters that slowed us down. These shedding mountain goats stopped traffic both ways as they meandered down the Parkway.
After a stop in Lake Louise Village for essentials (in our case – socks, wine and assorted minis from the liquor store) we wound our way up to Chateau Lake Louise. Stunning view from our room — which Tauck is good at procuring for its guests.
John just called the front desk for a “sunrise wake up call.” Fortunately, they don’t call if the weather is bad. We had close to 80 degrees this afternoon but expect it to go downhill from here. Cold, rain, and possibly snow in the forecast. How fun will a snowy river float trip be?!
A year ago today we were floating down the Lower Danube when we turned on CNN in our cabin and learned about the Pulse shooting. It was a weird and lonely feeling to be so disconnected from such an impactful event in our home town. We were worried about people we knew. And people from church. There was no one on the boat we could talk to about it. We were feeling so shocked and sad for the families and our town. Now, here it is a year later and we are again far away from the remembrances. I am so proud that John was able to get the church’s bells programmed to toll 49 times at noon, along with many other churches. We were there in our hearts.