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North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary March 3rd 2019

We say sky is the limit! It is indeed! Yes, this is a short video clip of my bucket-list to reach those limits and have some fun! Anything above the ground, it excites me like a kid. I did my first sky dive in Calgary. And my colleague Chad was my Guru. He already has over 200 jumps under his belt. Each time we used to go out for coffee break invariably he would ask me, “Tab, when are you going to jump?” I said, “Forget it man, why do I pay for something that I am going to have nightmare every night? I grew up having milk and cereal in the morning and a home-made dinner at night. I don’t need these hassles!” Chad used to laugh, but never gave up. He said, “Boss, when ... read more
Free fall outside Calgary
Drifting over the Rockies
Over the Rockies

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park December 28th 2018

The mountains boasted crisp cold on this morning a few days after Christmas. Bold skiers and snowshoers from the Skrastin's Outdoor Club strapped on their gear for an active day at Lake Minnewanka. We, the "townies" stayed on the bus for the short distance to Banff. With great cheer we walked along the streets filled with tourists, winding our way to the pedestrian bridge across the almost frozen Bow River. Thanking the town workers for an excellently groomed path through the trees, we chatted and strolled in the bright sun and striped dark shadows. In the winter blue of Bow Falls, the river bubbled through the naturally sculpted ice. Glacial snow gleamed from the mountains in all directions. Climbing up the path and stairs to the Banff Springs Hotel, I discovered the "other" side of the ... read more
Bow River ice
Lake Minnewanka
Brilliant snow

North America » Canada » Alberta » Kananaskis Country December 14th 2018

Immediately, the pale pink dawn initiated perfect views of the mountains. Soon we drove under the strong chinook cloud, watching the light of day slowly illuminating the familiar crags. Suddenly, as we drove south, the brilliant rising sun shone under the clouds onto the fresh snow on the mountain peaks. Nature’s whitest highlights dominated the deep ravines and dark evergreen trees. Walking around the grounds of William Watson Lodge turned my eyes down to the plants poking out of the thin snow-cover. Tiny frozen flowers steadfastly declared their faded glory from summer. Small bushes adorned the winter with their red bark. Harsh marks on brownish-grey tree trunks glowed copper in the sun. Cozy inside the Lodge, I watched gusts of wind scour the snow from the roof, appearing to create a blizzard. Moments later, calm prevailed. ... read more
Underside edge of the chinook arch
Magnificent glacier
Glowing mountains

North America » Canada » Alberta » Brooks September 24th 2018

Auf Grund des anhaltend schlechten Wetters und unserer sinkenden Begeisterung über unser Dasein als Wintercamper zieht es uns schon nach einem Tag in Banff in Richtung Calgary, wo wir einen nebligen Wintertag in der gigantischen, warmen und trockenen Crossironmills Mall verbringen. Neben den üblichen Shops gibt es hier auch einen kleinen Indoor-Spielplatz, auf dem Marlene gerne den ganzen Tag geblieben wäre. Ich finde ihn eigentlich eher dämlich, es gibt nämlich eine strenge Spielplatzordnung und man muss seine Kinder namentlich „einchecken“ und auschecken“. Aber was so ein paar Plastikdinosaurier und Rutschen und natürlich etliche andere Kinder in unserer Tochter auslösen macht mich dann doch glücklich genug um eine Stunde mit ihr dort auf Strümpfen (Regel Nummer eins: keine Schuhe) herum zu klettern, während Dennis erfolglos nach neuen Sportschuhen sucht. Auch ich werde... read more
Badlands im Dinosaur Provincial Parc
Badlands im Dinosaur Provincial Parc
Treppensteigen im Dinosaur PP

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park September 20th 2018

Piękną trasą widokową opisaną w poprzednim wpisie, dojechaliśmy z Jasper do Canmore. Miasta znanego m.in. z ośrodka przygotowań sportowych (ulubione przez Justynę Kowalczyk) oraz zawodów rozgrywanych podczas olimpiady w Calgary w 1988 r. Co ciekawe, w tym momencie miasta wspólnie rozważają ubieganie się o organizację igrzysk w 2026 r. W parku Banff odbyliśmy spacer w Kanionie Johnston, po drodze mijając kilka wodospadów. Oraz odwiedziliśmy tutejsze must see - jeziora Louise i Moraine. Obydwa położone malowniczo wśród gór, z piękną turkusową wodą. To drugie - bezsprzecznie najpiękniejsze dla nas, a widoki można było wygodnie podziwiać ze wzniesienia Rock Pile :-) Niestety, wokół nich niewiele okazji do dłuższych wycieczek czy spacerów... Canmore podbiło nasze serca uroczymi domkami, przyjemnym centrum i smacznym jedzeniem ;-) W piątek ra... read more
Moraine Lake
Johnston Canyon
Johnston Canyon

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper National Park September 18th 2018

In Jasper scheint bei unserer Ankunft die Sonne und der kleine Ort mitten in den Bergen zeigt sich von seiner besten Seite. Den gleichnamigen Nationalpark, der einige der schönsten Naturphänomene der Rocky Mountains beherbergt, besuchen jährlich 2,1 Millionen Touristen. Dementsprechend rummelig ist Jasper mit seinen Souvenirshops, Kneipen und Kaffeshops aber wir genießen es mal wieder ein bisschen Infrastruktur zu haben, machen ein paar Erledigungen und gehen abends essen. Wir übernachten auf dem legendären Whistler Campground, der trotz seiner Größe von über 800 Stellplätzen, erstaunlich ruhig und privat ist. In einem riesigen Waldstück gelegen verteilen sich die großzügigen Stellplätze so weit, dass wir locker 15 Minuten brauchen um von unserer Campsite zum Ausgang zu gelangen. Es sind dann noch circa vier Kilometer in die Stadt und übermütig wie wir sind laufen wir dir... read more
Maligne Canyon
Der Elch, der den Stau verursachte
Maligne Lake

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper National Park September 18th 2018

Z Vancouver, z krótkim przystankiem w Whistler, skierowaliśmy się w Góry Skaliste - najpierw do Parku Narodowego Jasper. Podróż dosyć uciążliwa - ponad 700 km, w deszczu i w większości bez zasięgu komórkowego oraz radio. Udawało nam się łapać dobrą jakość na falach długich albo posłuchać stacji w języku rosyjskim, hiszpańskim, chińskim (??). Problemy z zasięgiem towarzyszyły nam przez prawie tydzień i nie pozwalały na łączność Skype, czy zgrywanie zdjęć na bloga (stąd obsuwa)... Naszą bazą wypadową do Parku miało być Valemount - nieco bliżej, co pozwoliło nam 'rozbić' nieco dystans + oszczędzić na tańszym noclegu. Na szczęście na miejscu nie było już deszczu, ale temperatura obniżyła się i nie przekraczała 8 st.C. Na spacer wybraliśmy malowniczo położone Maligne Lake oraz Moose Lake. Obydwa szlaki to niecałe 8 km i 2 godziny ... read more
Pani łoś, mały w krzakach
Maligne Lake
Maligne Lake


So we were a bit afraid of this hike. 10.5 miles and 2100 foot elevation gain. Took the boat from Waterton to the trailhead (15 minute ride). It took us 3 hours to get to the lake. I'm not going to lie, it was not easy. We are in our 50s and in decent shape, but we made it. Crawling through the tunnel and up the rock wall with the cable wasn't nearly as bad as all the rocky switchbacks getting there. The lake is beautiful. Spent about 45 minutes there then had to head back in order to catch the boat back. 2.5 hours back down. (there was only one shuttle time running this time of year, 10am with a pickup at 530pm.) Did get to see a helicopter dumping water on the fire across ... read more
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North America » Canada » Alberta » Lake Louise September 7th 2018

My tiny off-shoot of the hikers tackling the mountains around Lake Louise opted for a relaxing day walking on the lake shore and a little way up along the creek that feeds the lake. Hundreds of tourists pursued the same route in the warm sunshine shadowed by the tallest trees of the forest. The green/blue glow of the most beautiful lake in the world kept my mind from seeking any other visual excitement. We sat on a bench to eat an early lunch. Apparently, this bench belonged to a particular chipmunk. The moment we opened our lunches, it jumped on our legs and arms in a life-and-death battle to eat our food before we could. Shouting, hissing, leaping about, waving our arms - nothing scared this scavenger preparing for winter hibernation. We moved on; he didn't. ... read more
Creek feeding Lake Louise
Rocky Mountains at dawn
Lake Louise

North America » Canada » Alberta September 6th 2018

Wednesday Sep 5 Another glorious day today! Low hanging fog in the Radium Hot Springs valley cleared as we got ready to go towards Banff again, this time to go for our gondola ride. Guess what, no crowds today, the long weekend is over and it appears as if most people have gone. No line-up for the gondola and we got to the top by 10:30. Although the sky was mostly blue, there was still this smokey haze between mountains, but not discernible to the nose here. There were more steps to the summit than we thought, but Geoff and Ferdy made it in good time to take the obligatory photos to show we were there. After a Starbucks coffee we headed back down to get on with the rest of the day. In the past, ... read more
Lake Minnewanka
Hazy view of Banff from Sulphur Mountain
Sulphur Mountain summit maple leaf chair




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