We woke up off the Icefield Parkway this morning to beautiful views as the sun began to rise. There was a weather window of very nice conditions that would be open for a few hours for our drive east. We hit the highway and had it to ourselves pretty much. I was so thankful my friend could see these views that I rave about. They were nonexistent yesterday. We dubbed today our re-do day.
It was a much more user-friendly day with very little traffic along The Parkway heading east. Once again the autumn colours were vibrant and burst with beauty. What to our wondering eyes did appear! Snow! Thank you to my friend for appeasing me when trying to capture pretty pictures. We liked how her red coat stands out with the white surroundings.
I was excited for what Bow Lake might look like this morning and was tickled pink when we arrived. We joined only a handful of others who were also embracing the views. There was no wind, it was cold, and we were fine with that pairing. While I was in the midst of playing photographer, I heard my friend yell "avalanche!" There it was! Right before our eyes! An avalanche! This was a first for her. Never will she say never again! We invested a significant amount of time taking everything in at Bow Lake today.
I had high hopes for a few seconds then reality set in. We would not be able to see Lake Louise. The sign stated the Lot was full again with cars being turned away. I am glad there are tourists seeing the Lake but I wish my tourist could. I know I was being unrealistic when I thought we could admire it with not too much hassle at a decent time of day that would fit our schedule. Our Lake Louise experience was looking in the stores in the Village, I shopped, then we relaxed in Laggan's with a hot beverage and a sweet treat.
We created many mountain memories these past three days while on our road trip. When we got back home, our feet were up pretty quickly, the wine was poured shortly thereafter and we lounged in the sunshine on my deck. We laughed and reminisced and carried on enjoying our friendship just like we did in high school!