Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The North Rim is about 1,000 feet higher in elevation than the South Rim. The Kaibab Plateau is heavily forested with lots of huge meadows.

From here we drove to Flagstaff, then home the next day. Mixed emotions of being glad to get home, but wanting to keep on going...

The view from Walhalla Point.

We view the Colorado River from Cape Royal...If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you can see that the two specks on the water are actually river rafters.

Views everywhere....this was from the porch/deck of the North Rim Lodge.

August 9 & 10

We moved southward to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
This is the view that greeted us as we walked into the Lodge at the rim.

The amphitheater.

August 6 - Bryce Canyon

We spent 3 days at Bryce Canyon, and took a day-hike on the "Peekaboo" Loop. This formation is called the windows.

We spent 2-1/2 more days in Teton, and did a day-hike to Taggert Lake.

Monday, August 13, 2007

We wound our way back to the Tetons on a cloudy day.

On our way back, south of Missoula, one of the many fires burning. This one closed the highway for a time.

The view of Lake McDonald from Apgar fire lookout.

Back at Glacier, we took our last hike up to Apgar Lookout. It turned out to be a very hot hike.

Main Street Banff...they are undergoing a major redo, but the shops are all open, ready to take the tourists' money!

Johnston Canyon Falls. This was along a scenic highway that runs parallel to the Trans Canada Hwy up to Lake Louise.

Moon shot

Stanley Falls

Another view of the falls.

Athabasca Falls...this water was cream colored, again from the glacial flour.

We made it to Jasper.

Part of the Columbia Icefield.

Darrell walked onto Athabasca Glacier with his Tevas (sandals).

Walking to Athabasca Glacier.

Icefield Parkway

Peyto Glacier is leaving the lake behind.

Peyto Lake. Its color is the result of glacial "flour" left by the glacier. The particles of ground up rock remain suspended in the water, reflecting only this opalescent color.

A b&b near Lake Louise. We loved the beautiful flower garden.

A different view of Victoria Glacier.

We unhooked the 5th wheel and took the Trans-Canada Highway all the way up to Jasper. First stop, Lake Louise and the Victoria Glacier in the background.

One of a few animal overpasses on the Trans-Canada Highway.

View of the Bow River from a hill near our campground.

Our campsite at Tunnel Mountain Campground, right outside of Banff.

Hotel Fairmont at Banff Hot Springs

July 23

We didn't fly to Switzerland...this is Banff, in Alberta, Canada. We took a 4 day trip up north at the urging of our camping neighbors.