Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Glacier N.P. and the Canadian Rockies - July 2016

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I had not been north of Yellowstone in the Rockies. I signed on to this popular tour for early July, hoping for warm weather and little rain. It worked! Although there were sometimes cold winds, and frequent threatening clouds, the daytime temperatures were usually in the 60s and 70s, and I never opened my umbrella!

We saw wonderful scenery: beautiful lakes, swift rivers, waterfalls, glaciers (before they disappear!), lots of mountains. Some of the Canadian prairie and ranchland, too. We had boat and gondola rides. We saw some wildlife, from marmots to elk and bears (no moose). I even got in a little hiking. Canadians were excited by the wildflowers, but they weren't much by California standards.

A fun trip, despite my all-too-persistent travel-related outrage: Because the tour included a day in Glacier National Park in the U.S., and because Victor still can't get into the U.S. (Grrrr!), I went by myself. In hindsight, I realize I should have taken Victor along anyway. He could have just stayed at our Waterton hotel the day we went into the U.S. (But it looks like it's tough to find flights from Mexico to Calgary that don't stop in the U.S.!)

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