11. Kootenay + Banff
July 11, 2003 GMT
Montana and Kootenay + Banff

In the morning I've left Waterton after a good breakfast at the Northland Lodge, I had luck with the weather because it was really not good looking, especially when I've arrived at the Glacier Natinoal Park in Montana.
But It still kept dry and I've got the Logans Pass without rain.

It's really a pity that the weather wasn't as good as the landscape, but it is wonderful here.

In the afternoon I moved on to Whitefish and then Eureka near the border.

I drove finally up to Kimberley, which was a mining city, but mines were closed in the 60/70ies and so they build up "The Platzl" a mall with bavarian (or alpine) looking houses.
There I spent two nights at "Chef Bernards" with ORIGINAL SCHNEIDER WEISSE!!!

And I've also got here real Schnitzel and Spanferkel!!!

A good place!

On one day I made a short trip in the area, to Fort Steele, a rebuild town from the late 90ies of the 1800s.

But then I headed back north again and ended after a really hot day in Radium Hot Springs in the Hostel there.

Really nice people are running this place. Jeff (Aussie) and Gabi (German from Neuss) and I've met here Andreas from Zurich and Gitte from Nuernberg, but were for studies in Kingston, Ontario one year now.

We had a wonderful timer here and I took one relaxing day to wash my stuff.
The weather wasn't that good on this day, a lot of thunderstorms came through, but in the evening all was gone I could get a good meal at the Back Country Restaurant (looking very rustic).

Next day I went north through the Kootenay National Park, with lot of clouds, but no rain.
Finally I arrived again in Canmore and took the a few nights in the Rundle Mountain Lodge, which I know from my last visit here, seven years ago!

It's still looking the same but there are other people now running this Motel.

The former owner is right across the street running a restaurant.

I relaxed this day, because on thursday I wanted to drive to Calgary for the famous stampede there!

The started with blue sky and hot weather and so it was until the evening!

Within 1,5 hours I was in Calgary, took the ride up the tower and had a good overlook over the huge grown city and the Stampede Place.

After strolling around in the pedestrians mall (yes something like this is also existing here!!!), I went to the Stampede Place, paid quite a few dollars to get in, to eat and drink and to go to the chuckwagon races!

It's a kind of Octoberfest, but with less Beertents and in one building there has been "Little Las Vegas", crazy guys!!

Finally I've watched the races, and then I got back to Canmore at midnight.

Next day I came to Banff again, to buy some souvernirs and to take then a ride up to the Sulphur mountain with a gondola.

It was another hot day and in the afternoon I relaxed again a bit, because of some problems with my chronic inflammation.
I hope it will not take too long, to get over this, otherwise I have to return earlier than planned.

Posted by Horst Erntl at 10:11 PM GMT

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