Saturday, July 30, 2005 -- Banff Day #1

Today was our first day to be spent exclusively around Banff, and we weren't quite sure what to do with it.  We finally decided to make a light day of it, just do some sightseeing and easy hiking.

These are the "hoodoos" (the stone spires near bottom), the cliff side of Mt.Rundle, and the Bow River as it flows southeast (here) on its way out to Calgary.  It eventually joins the Saskatchewan River which then flows on to Hudson Bay -- all this pretty much due east from here.

Closeup (telephoto) of this same spot of the Bow River.  When we were there, there were just enough rafts, canoes, and kayaks to make it interesting, not overcrowded.

Same place, looking toward Banff.  The large building in the gap in the Banff Springs Resort.

And another view of the rafters that can be seen in the above shot.

Happy diners alongside the trail at the Hoodoos.

After driving up Mt.Norquay to the ski resort, we donned packs for a short (2.2 km each way) hike to the Stoney Squaw Lookout.  This was not much of a lookout actually -- good views in only one direction.  But hey, it was pretty.  This is looking almost due east.  Banff is off to the right, behind the trees.

Flowers at the lookout.

(Remember that you can click and blow up for more detail.)

And a particularly interesting part along the path.  To the left was a small ridge of apparently large rocks.  The whole area had apparently suffered hard windfall fairly recently -- there were trees down everywhere!

And that was pretty much all we did today.


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