Rockies redux

By Sarah Reynolds | Jun 22, 2016
Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds The Canadian Rockies are just as stunning going south as north, and you get different views of them.

Lake Louise, Alberta — Tuesday we drove from Grande Cache to Lake Louise in Alberta. We had been very happy to discover the lovely, well-kept Grande Cache Municipal Campground – you can tell RV tourism is a big part of the summer income here from the fact that there was a municipal campground.

We had checked in after the office was closed Monday night, so I went in to pay the next morning. The woman there said she often hears from campers how nice it was to hear the birds instead of roadside traffic.

All along our route to an from Alaska, we have seen more campers than I ever knew existed. Campers of all shapes and sizes, from the bus-like Class A motor homes, the Queen Elizabeth IIs of the RV world, to a tiny little towable called a teardrop because of its shape. In between are Class B motor homes, which look like fancied-up UPS trucks and come in a range of sizes; fifth wheels, which are nearly as large as the Class As, but instead of having their own engine, attach to the bed of a hefty pickup truck that tows them; travel vans, which are largish vans with sleeping and cooking facilities inside. Some of those have skylights. And, of course, travel trailers, like ours, which also range in length and weight. I haven't been in many RVs, so I can't talk about the insides.

Not only have we seen many, many RVs on the road, but on our way from Maine to Colorado, we saw lots of RV dealerships with tons of units on their lots. And these things aren't cheap. Who is buying all these RVs? How can there not be an oversupply of them?

But I digress. Most of our drive Tuesday was back through the amazing Canadian Rockies. I wouldn't have minded the seeing that scenery again, but it didn't even look the same, because we were coming from the other direction. We saw everything from a different angle, probably saw some things we hadn't been able to see before. It was a whole new, gorgeous drive.

Like the other Canadian government parks we have stayed in, Lake Louise was lovely, wooded and quiet. We didn't get to enjoy it much, because we arrived very late, having made multiple photo stops along the way. I'll let the photos tell that story.

Today (Wednesday), we head for the border and Montana. It should be another scenic ride.

A family of stone sheep stop traffic as we head south through Alberta Tuesday. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
Weather hangs over the mountains. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
(Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
Not everything worth seeing in the Rockies is a mountain. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
(Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
Pines outline the base of the mountains. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
(Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
(Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
The mountain tops catch the last rays of sun above a lake in Banff National Park. (Photo by: Sarah E. Reynolds)
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Comments (1)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Jun 22, 2016 17:58

Sarah, you are a born photographer.

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