A road trip to Banff National Park should be memorable as the scenery is stunning. The weather didn’t cooperate for a nice sunrise, but the view at Vermillion Lakes was serene.
Almost looks inviting enough to jump in!
Highway 1A was my next destination to check out the wildlife. I should have gone into Banff to see a grizzly according to this CBC article. Oh well, I did see a number of birds which I will show you in a separate post.
A male elk was grazing by the road. The velvet on its antlers looked so soft.
The next stop was Morant’s Curve; a popular spot where the train tracks curve around the Bow River. It’s named after a staff photographer for Canadian Pacific Railway.
Well, this was when the trip got memorable, but not for the view. After pictures and a little stroll along the road, I came back to the van, only to find out that I didn’t have my keys. They were on the front seat, along with Chester! Perhaps it was the alarm at 4 am, or not enough coffee that caused the stupidity. Luckily I did have my phone – enough signal to text, not to call, but I was able to get my son to call for roadside assistance. Forty-five minutes later and Chester was freed from the van, yay!
So what did I do while waiting? I met two very kind Parks Canada employees who stopped to make sure I was okay. I’m sure they had a giggle as I was trying to get Chester to jump on the key or the unlock button – it didn’t work. After they left, I tried a panorama shot.
It could have been a lot worse. About 20 minutes after I got into the van, the rain started, so I lucked out. And while I was waiting, the train came so I got the shot I really wanted.
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