We had the best of intentions today of getting out early and riding the chair lift to the Norquay ski area and having breakfast on top of the mountain, then driving to Lake Louise for the views, then going up to the Sunshine Meadows area for some hiking. Unfortunately, early morning claps of thunder and occasional lightning flashes made that plan obsolete before it was born. After breakfast in the hotel, we decided that the chair lift was not to be, and decided to drive the 60 km to Lake Louise. It appeared more clear that direction, but by the time we got there it was raining hard. WE returned to the hotel and took care of some mundane chores. BY afternoon, a clear time was promised over the Lake Louise area, so we drove up there again. The rain stopped just before our arrival and we were able to get out and see the lake and the Chateau Lake Louise hotel. The day was not a total waste, but nearly so.
Tomorrow: a gravel road drive and then on to Waterton Lakes National Park and the Prince of Wales Hotel