Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Canada/Montana Trip

We had a wonderful trip. The flight on 7/4/08 was a bit bumpy on the way into Calgary which gave me motion sickness but I survived. We stayed in Calgary the first couple days, went to the Marathon Expo. We drove over and took a look at the Oylmpic Center in Calgary and the boys climbed on the ski jumps and we did a few geocaches, then did the marathon on Sunday and drove down into USA and Glacier National park which is just amazing! What beautiful creation God placed there. We took tons of pictures of course and by the time we went over Logan Pass and got to the hotel in Whitefish, Montana it was lake. We stayed at Grouse Mountain Lodge and I had my seminar there all week. The guys did stuff while I was in classes and we played in the afternoon. On Tuesday we rented mountain bikes and rode up the lifts at Big Sky resort and rode bikes down. I did it twice, just the afternoon but the boys did it 6 times and Gary 4 times! My hind end was sore! It was fun but kinda scary because the cliffs were steep and you are going fast downhill, just hoping you don't go over the side! The guys did whitewater rafting on Thursday. I got sick and wasn't able to go. That was a bummer. They had a great time. The water was super high in the river from all the late snow so they had to do the raft and weren't able to do the individual kayaks like the original plan was. We went back into Glacier a few more times to see the sights and hiked around Logan Pass on the snow. Timothy ran a quarter mile or so in the snow. That was a hard workout. Saw tons of mountain goats and Ram up there. One even got spooked and knocked the mirror off of a car running through the parking lot trying to get away from all the crazy people with cameras. Poor owner of that car! A storm came through Thursday night around 8 p.m. and the electricity went out in the hotel until 2 a.m. But you could see by opening the blinds since the sun doesn't go down up there until 10:30 p.m. Yep, that's right and it comes up at 5 a.m. You never see darkness! But the temps were 70's in the day and 50's at night with almost zero humidity. Very nice. Drove back up to Canada a different route and went through Kootenay National Park and then into Banff National Park. Only saw a small part of Bnaff NP but still was cool to see and climb on the moutains and the Limestone hoodoos, see the hot springs and visit Bankhead, an old mining ghost town. We spent one night in Banff and then drove back for out last night in Calgary before heading home on Tuesday 7/15/08. It was a long trip and we were all ready to be home and see our puppies but it was a great trip also. More pictures at myspace/pics but you have to log into myspace.


:::b r a n d i::: said...

Wow, what a trip!! I looked through all the MySpace pics. Looks like you guys had an awesome time!

Laurie said...

what an amazing trip!!!