13 October 2007

Lake Louise, Chateau Lake Louise, Plain of the Six Glaciers & a Teahouse

September 14, 2007

Well, today was farewell to Jasper day. We headed back down the Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise first thing. It was a beautiful drive. We stopped at several spots along the way for photo ops. I do love being Koty Ko-pilot. Mom needs all the driving advice I can render. :0)

When we got into Lake Louise we headed right on over to the propane filling station. It’s been below freezing nearly every night and we’ve been running the heater quite a bit. Mom figured we must have gone through a lot of gas but it turned out we’d only used ten litres, less than three gallons! Next we filed up with diesel. Good old Clementine only used thirteen gallons round trip Lake Louise – Jasper. The Mercedes diesel is a pip.

Next we checked into the campground. They only have electricity here so that’s what we got. As soon as mom got everything set up we were off to the Parks Canada info center. Mom gathered all the moss she could and we were off.

By this time it was late in the afternoon so she decided we should take a look at Bow Lake in afternoon light. It’s only about 20 minutes up the Icefields Parkway from Lake Louise. There is a pretty old Lodge there called Num-Ti-Ja and a trail along the lake that goes to Bow Falls. It was too late to make it to the falls but it was a very pleasant evening stroll and next time we will get there early enough to make the falls.

We drove back to Lake Louise and Clementine for supper and a nice evening.

September 15, 2007

Today we decided to take the Plain of the Six Glaciers trail. This trail starts over in front of the Chateau Lake Louise. Good grief, there were so many people waiting for the sun to rise on the lake. That place is a milling swarm of humans. People were asking to take my picture and wanted to touch me. Boy, I couldn’t get out of there fast enough. I was nice enough about it but golly people are forward. Mom tried to protect me as best she could.

This Six Glaciers trail starts right there at the hotel and is asphalt for quite away. This is not your serene Montana kind of trail. It’s more like a freeway. It’s a four hour round trip and even though tons of people take this trail it’s still a mountain trail. I saw human women with flats and opened toed sandals. I gotta tell you some of these humans are funny. I just love to see this stuff. It makes me giggle.

Even though this trail is a tourists delight it really is worth the trip. When you get up near the glaciers there is a teahouse where you can have lunch. Along the way there are some beautiful views of Lake Louise, the chateau, the mountains and the glaciers.

We also made some new friends up at the teahouse. Sharon and Jeff. They are Americans who now live in Calgary. We walked back down the mountain with them and had a really fun time.

The trip is supposed to be four hours round trip but between stopping for photos and making new friends it took us more like five.

Another great day! I just love these days when we just hike all day. I don’t know what mom has planned for tomorrow. Every day is an adventure for me!

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