We got up early on our last day and the big news was that Jordon finally felt better. His fever had receded and had his own energy back. We briefly talked about hiking up to Lake Agnes Tea House but I really wanted to see Moraine Lake.
I should say that we had seen two bears so far. We saw a Bear Jam over a Black Bear on Monday with people taking selfies and such. Jordon said that there should be a new rule. If you take a selfie with a bear and it mauls you, you lose your health insurance. Then on the way to the Castle Mountain Resort’s confectionary, we saw a large grizzly bear. After reading about it, I think it was The Boss (he later confirmed that it was on Twitter…. smarter than the average bear) but it was another total mess of a bear jam with people leaving their cars on the highway and running out to get close ups of a grizzly bear. People are so stupid.
The day before, I finally saw a Black Bear while driving into Banff. As we were driving along the Bow Valley Parkway, a bear poked his head up over the guard rail and I saw it up close. We kept driving as it was on a tight corner and I couldn’t stop but I was so happy, I had my own bear sighting. Well, Jordon and the boys saw it too but who cares about them right? It was my bear and I was happy.
So we headed up to Moraine Lake and as we headed up the road, there was a big “Road Closed” sign. We were going to head back but a Parks Canada dude waved us by the sign so we kept going. I am not sure why he didn’t wave some others by but we kept driving. We got up there, found a parking spot and it was everything I had dreamt it would be.
We hiked the entire trail to either a really quaint and peaceful waterfall or a stream that ran at a downward slant. Either way it was fun.
After getting back to the trailhead, Jordon took me up the Moraine Lake Lodge Gift Shop and get me a great Moraine Lake t-shirt. Mark went up there and got me two mini black bears, one holding the letter W and the other one holding the letter C. They are cute. Apparently my pleasure at spotting a bear up close was well known.
After getting into the car, we drove back down the mountain to Lake Louise, dropped by Laggan’s Mountain Bakery and Delicatessen and instead of turning back east towards Banff, Jordon went west and we headed into British Columbia and Yoho National Park.
As we decended the famous Cathedral Mountain on the Trans Canada Highway, we saw the Spiral Tunnels that the Canadian Pacific Railway used to extend the run and lower the grade for trains going east and west.
Then it was off to the Natural Bridge which Jordon was sure was in Kootenay National Park was thrilled to find it Yoho.
From there we drove to Takakkaw Falls. Jordon has never been to Yoho and neither had I. He asked me for directions and my cell phone only worked for a moment. Jordon glanced at it and said, “okay, let’s go” but I wasn’t sure where to go and got really stressed and anxious. I need to trust Jordon’s ability to glance at a map and go as for me, I need to really understand it.
Either way we had the most amazing drive I have ever been on with insane switch backs, roads damaged from falling rocks from above, and some of the most amazing scenery I have ever seen. We also ran into another spiral tunnel. Then we got to the falls. They are the most amazing thing I have ever seen. I’ll never forget them.
My battery was dead at this point so I will wait to Jordon edits his photos and I’ll link to them. It was an amazing day and one I’ll never forget. Jordon’s ability to make a plan A on family trips and then pull out a plan B or Plan C at a moments notice amazes me and makes trips so much fun. On the way back he said, “Umm, we kind of wrecked next year’s vacation as I had planned to do some of these things then.” I’m sure we will have lot’s of other ideas.
We headed back to Johnston Canyon Campground for some dinner and snacks and started to pack up for the drive home the next morning. We got home late Friday night and unpacked the car. Today is spent cleaning and putting stuff away. Well that and editing and posting a lot of photos online.