We got an early (6:00) this morning. The destination is Lake Louise Campground. It turns out this weekend is a Canada three day holiday (Civic Day?). Because of this we wanted to get there early to make sure we got a site. It was another clear day with the temperature reaching 80. Wow it is a heat wave.
On the drive we came on a group of big horn sheep. There were 8 to 10 of them all rams. They are really big! One walked across the front of the truck and it's back was as high as the hood on the truck. I never realized they were this large. They seemed to be unconcerned by the cars. There was a guy who had gotten out of his car and was getting right in front of them. I thought for sure he was going to be on the receiving end of one of their head butts.
I must mention that Athabasca Glacier really isn't impressive after all the really large beautiful glaciers in Alaska. We couldn't believe how small it now looks.
After we entered Banff National Park we stopped at Peyto Lake. This lake was smooth as glass and has a green cast. When you walked up to the edge it took your breath away. The reflection of the mountains across the lake was unreal. You had a hard time distinguishing where the water was. The depth of the image was huge. The pictures really do not give you the actual impression.
We drove into the Banff town site in the afternoon. We were really surprised by how much it had changed since we were last (10 years ago). It has really grown and they have the entire main street through town dug up. What a mess. It didn't take too long for us to have enough of this. Next stop was the Banff Hot Springs. We enjoyed a long soak in the pool and enjoyed a conversation with a couple from Calgary. They had driven up for the day. I should add that the traffic coming north was unreal. It was a solid string moving very slowly. It was that way all the way from Lake Louise to within 5 miles of Banff. Because of the traffic we decided to take the alternate route home. We were rewarded by a very pleasant drive and a view of a bull elk.