Even as I left Glacier National Park for Alberta, there was more to see.
Driving by Chief Mountain, I felt like I’d fallen into a painting.
As I neared the Canada border, free ranging cows roamed the sides of the road. One cow saw me coming, calmly walked out in front of me and stood, staring me down. I think he would’ve won that contest had he not decided he was done delaying me.
Once past the cow, I was on my way and soon crossed into Canada. Alberta is a gorgeous place, the Wild West of Canada. I had hoped to spend some time at Waterton Lakes National Park just over the border, but it was a very busy weekend and campgrounds were full for miles around, so I continued on. I found the small town of Pincher Creek where the town’s information center was happy to recommend a campground to me.
After that, it was on to Banff National Park and to meet up with my friend Dani (from the previous year’s Glacier National Park visit). I found a great campground in the park and spent several hours catching up with Dani before she had to head to work. I spent a few more hours talking with a wonderful woman (and a fellow solo-traveler!), Inge, from The Netherlands. Dani had told me before she left that there was a possibility of Northern Lights during the night, so I hit the sack at 9:30, setting my alarm for 1. At 1, I looked through the moon roof of my Element, saw clouds and decided to continue sleeping. An hour later nature called and on my way to the restrooms I ran into my new friend from The Netherlands, who pointed to the sky. And, so, at 2 am, Inge and I drove to the nearby Lake Minnewanka to view the Northern Lights. In the midst of taking one of my photographs, a shooting star passed our view, making just a wonderful first Northern Lights experience.
We were back to camp around 3 and both headed back to sleep. I was still very excited from the experience, so it was an hour or before I fell back asleep. Which gave me about an hour’s sleep before I was up at 5 am to go meet up with Dani to photograph Moraine Lake and Lake Louise:
I’m holed up in Canmore, Alberta, getting some work done on my laptop and looking forward to a good nights sleep so I can be up and out of here at 5 am again.