Monday, July 30, 2012
If you wish to see many other fun photos, I will refer you to Tandy's Facebook page and her blog. It may take me quite a while to get any of my snapshots posted to this blog, and they are not nearly as good as some of Tandy's. We'll have a nice family photo of all of us . . .it'll be on the Christmas card this year. ;-)
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Teepee on the grounds
Overview of outdoor activity area
Mike and I at THE Great Falls. It was a little out of the way, but we're glad we took the time go go see this area. A large hydro-electric plant, large dam, large rocks, large falls. Large amounts of water.
Gayela at the suspended bridge. Mike is about half-way across.
At Cousin Glady's home in Lethbridge, AB, Canada. The purpose of the visit was to celebrate her 90th birthday. Many of her children, grand and great-grandchildren had gathered here,too. Lovely folks, all.
We all went to church with Gladys on Sunday. It was July 1, Canada Day. So, for the opening hymn, we stood and sang "O Canada." That was a first. They'd pasted that in their hymbooks, so we sang all 4 verses with gusto. It's quite lovely. They have a great deal of patriotism north of our border, too, as evidenced in the testimonies born at the meeting that day.
They had a flag ceremony to start the rodeo...well, I guess it's called posting the colors. They posted both USA and Canada flags and sang/presented both anthems. I just couldnt' get both flags in one photo, though I tried. Mike and I had moved up to the top bleachers to catch a snippet of a breeze to keep from roasting alive in that hot grandstand. I don't know how Mike's mom survived it!
Impressive GREEN prairie covered in crops of wheat, canola (the yellow fields) and fat cows grazing in belly - deep grass. Oh, and the horses all over the country were amazing and gorgeous, too!
This is for my neighbor-friend, Mari.
Tuesday evening was Glady's big shindig at the church, but we all went there first and had pizza for dinner. Mike, Gayela and their mom.
Wednesday morning (on the 4th of July), Berenice, Gayela and I attended a session in the Cardston temple. Mike had made arrangements to see his mission president's widow that morning and had a nice visit with her.
We changed clothes and headed for Waterton Lakes National Park. Cameron Falls, above.
Prince of Wales Hotel. Right out on a bluff overlooking the lake. Gorgeous. We would have had "tea" there, as it is served from 1 to 5 in the lobby. But I wasn't feeling quite that rich. We found that many things were quite expensive in Canada. This tea service (cookies, scones, tea sanwiches, etc.) was $29.95 per person. Youch!
While in the little village of Waterton, we saw the falls, we checked out the visitors center, we signed up for a 4 pm lake cruise over to the International Peace Park--the border between Canada and US. THAT was very windy but a lot of fun. We landed at "Goat Haunt" Montana for a bit. Had our passport stamped there.
They had had a lot of rain the week before we came. The wildflowers everywhere were gorgeous. So many! Everywhere! And their forests were so green. No massive bark beetle kills there, although there are some areas that it has affected. Mostly healthy and green and oh-so-refreshing. And mosquito-y.
We boarded one boat that was old and quaint, and that is the captains' wheel. But it had a problem with an oil pressure gauge or something, so we disembarked and boarded another boat for our little 2 hour lake cruise. We sat on top and were thoroughly wind-blown all the way down there. But I saw the border! And we saw big horn sheep! And rivers! and Cascading waterfalls! And trees!
Cameron Lake. Lots of glaciers in the area.
Johnston Canyon waterfall and hike. I love moss, remember?
Lower falls, Johnston Canyon
Bow Falls, Banff, AB, Canada
Banff Springs Hotel. 800 plus rooms. Pretty impressive.
Me, with Takakaw Falls in background. "Takakaw" in Cree means "It is Magnificent". It surely was.
Bighorn sheep crossed the street right in front of our car in Radium Hot Springs outside one of the other parks. We went to Banff, Waterton, Yoho and passed by one more whose name escapes me at the moment.
Windmills, yellow canola, mountains. Green, green, green. Lush. Gorgeous. Water every where. Then, heading south on July 7 and 8, when we crossed over the boarder to Montana, it was like the water was turned off! Such a contrast.
So, in our travels, I
crossed a US border for the first time,
saw a big chunk of Canada,
sang their national anthem (twice!),
went to a rodeo,
hiked to some waterfalls,
saw elk, a bear, ground squirrels, deer, big horn sheep and some white dots on a mountain that were supposedly mountain goats, but I'm not convinced
crossed the wide Missouri many MANY times,
saw the headwaters and source of the mighty Columbia river as well,
met relatives of Mike's that neither of us knew and some that we did,
attended a temple session in a new temple (for me)
missed our kids as the cousins were all out playing frisbee on the lawn and swapping grandbabies around,
sat through a LOT of miles. Over 3,000 I believe,
ate some good Greek Spanikopita at a restaurant,
drank more cans of soda than I've had in about 2 years, but didn't gain any weight and didn't get any mosquito bites!
All - in- all, a very lovely vacation!!