Clouds and the odd glimpse of snow-capped peaks. But some breaks, and maybe it will improve.
We were planning to go to Banff and Lake Louise today, but since it might be better weather tomorrow we changed our plans. We need some shopping and Elaine has gone off in the truck to find a hairdresser. Meanwhile we have wi-fi and I can catch up on the world … and the blog.
Communications are a real challenge in these remote spots, and sometimes we go days without wi-fi. The cellular phone sometimes works, but costs a fortune, so we much prefer Skype for conversations. This highlights a growing social problem in Canada – the increasing gap between rural and urban is increasing, as broadband seems limited to a few towns, and the rest have to make do with wet string and Canada Post.
We keep in touch with the world with Sirius satellite radio in the truck, and if we ever settle anywhere for long enough I will again go through the beep-beep exercise of pointing the satellite dish so we can watch satellite TV. Trees and mountains also inhibit satellite communications, but there again … mountains and trees are sometimes better to watch than the TV programs.
Aha – the sun is peeking through, and we decided to leave the trailer in Canmore for another night, and take the truck to Banff. Wonderful day, and we took the loop road by Lake Miniwanka (unfortunate name), and saw our first glacier.
Banff itself is tourism and more tourism. Elora times 50!!
But it remains beautiful, and we resisted the temptation to spend any serious money.
On the way we had an interesting experience. The red lights flashed at a Canadian Pacific railway crossing, and we resigned ourselves to a hundred or so freight cars trundling through at slow speed.
Instead, an 8-car passenger train crossed in front of us at fairly high speed. Old Canadian Pacific cars. Since CP do not run passenger trains, it was clearly a ghost train. Were those skeletons drinking whiskey and smoking in the open balcony at the back? Hard to tell.
We now have an expensive National Parks pass good for a couple of days, and tomorrow we head for Lake Louise – lovely name!