My chauffeur did an excellent job at getting us from Calgary to Canmore. The satnav is worth every penny as it really does take the pressure off me and means that Stuart only has to shout at the lunatic truck drivers rather than the map reader!
The big concrete head in the photo is not a sculpture to honour Stuart's arrival (although there is a likeness don't you think?) but resides on the main street as the name 'Canmore' translates to "Big Head"!
We are currently 'slumming' it in the quite fabulous 'Falcon Lodge' and after yet another upgrade we are residing in a condominium which includes kitchen, lounge, massive bathroom, bedroom and balcony with spectacular views of the mountains.
Canmore is a stunning town with a relaxed vibe and quite breath-taking hiking trails. After a quick visit to the information centre to pick up our bear spray, we completed our first 10 mile hike which included a visit to the Grassi Lakes and steep trek along the Highline Trail. The pictures reflect the contrast in scenery and include Indiana Stuart clinging to a rock - note the bear spray strapped to his belt! We did not encounter any bears but did see a very cute chipmunk - I managed to persuade Stuart not to use the spray!
Today (Monday) was like being back in the UK as it rained heavily all day. We looked upon this as a way of testing out the waterproof gear we spent a fortune on before departure! Not to be deterred we completed another 10 mile stroll along the Bow River and Three Sisters Pathway. Sorry Kayleigh still no bear sightings but we did see an osprey and some fluffy bunnies.
To my surprise and Stuart's concern there appears to be more than one Karen Barker in the world (see picture). Don't worry Sue I don't even know what Visceral Manipulation is - I am not tempted to go into partnership as it sounds painful!
Must get some shut eye now as in the morning I have the hard job of turning on the satnav as chauffeur Parker (sorry Barker) drives us to Edmonton to visit Witty, Mark and family.
Nighty Night. x