Today it was time to head out with our highlighted map and hit some of the view points in the area. We had a lazy morning and started out late as the snow stopped and the sun started to come out. We're getting used to the temperatures now and are wrapped up for the averages of minus twelve!
I think we both agreed today was probably our best day so far, putting it onto paper it doesnt sound like we have done a lot but hopefully our pictures show why. Our first stop was at Bow Falls, here the fast moving water of the falls carves through the frozen, snow covered river. It looks as if the water is coloured as the water hits the snow it leaves it a brilliant blue. The trail up to the view point was closed but as it looked as though many people had walked up and we could see the top we decided to go up anyway. I was a little dubious as it was steep, 3 metres up and moaning I lost it completely and fell over! Closed for a reason! So that is the reason we are missing one brilliant photograph!
Next we went to check out the Norquay ski area, maybe not wise as it left Olof a little jealous and wanting to ski even more though we did get some brilliant views over Banff town on the mountain road up there.
After a quick pit stop for lunch and to fill up the car we headed out to Lake Minnewanka (pronounced "mini wonka" not "mini w***er" like the Americans say, apparently!) actually we found Two Jack Lake to be a lot more stunning and we spent a bit of time there, playing in the snow. It was so peaceful as there is hardly anybody around. On the way out we got to see our first Canadian wildlife, the Elk and we got snap happy with them!
We took the Tunnel Mountain Road back into town stopping off at the Hoodoos for a little walk on the way. Olof stayed on one side while I ran round to one of the viewing platforms for him to take a photo of me and the mountains (the picture "Can you see Katie?") and you can barely make me out. It really puts into perspective how vast this place is.
We finished up the day in the supermarket getting dinner for tonight, and for tomorrow breakfast, lunch and dinner for the grand total of $30 now thats what I call value for money!
So tomorrow we have high expectations of our drive from here up to Jasper, hopefully it will live up to them!