July 21, 2009
Ron and I have discovered that the National Parks in Canada are quite small compared to those in the U.S. The usual timeframe for getting through a U.S. Park is two – seven days and here more like five hours. We’ll be factoring that in when we visit Banff and Jasper.
Ron took Jewel for a hike before breakfast and found some “fancy grass” he really liked. We don’t know what it is called but its pretty. Jewel is finally getting some hiking in because dogs are allowed on the trails in Canada.
We then hiked to Akamina Lake a small pristine lake with some fly fishermen enjoying the quiet and solitude. That is until a young family came along screaming and yelling to scare away a possible bear.
The entire road trip around the park including hikes and lunch took five hours. Quite a difference from our long days at Yellowstone. Since we would not be allowed back into the park after 4 PM (our entrance fee expired then) we decided to stop along the shores of Lake Waterton and enjoy the views. While there we spotted four Elk across the lake that were enjoying the foliage and water. They were huge beautiful animals.
By the way, Ron found out the name of the flowers he loves Gaillardia.
Back at the MH I made dinner, washed clothes, cut Ron’s hair, gave Jewel a bath and haircut and dyed my hair. Ron planned our trip to Banff tomorrow and then it was off to bed.