Monday, October 27, 2008

Lake Louise is Paradise

Well, we saved the best for last. Last night, we stayed at Chateau Lake Louise and had an absolutely amazing evening and day on the shores of this natural jewel. Besides the color of the Flathead River—where my parental units are living—I’ve never seen water so blue. And it’s even more spectacular in person. It was cold, evidenced by the snow sprinkled on the grass around its edge and the warm down coats we’re wearing. In the winter, the lake freezes and people play hockey and ice skate on it. We’ll have to come back in a few months to strap on a pair of snow shoes for the view from the other side. In the summer, you can rent canoes and row across. Rumor has it there is a tea house at the base of the glacier.

The photo of the lake by itself was (kid you not) the view from our hotel room window. So is the video. Not a bad backdrop for morning coffee, eh? The lounge in the lobby, where we enjoyed decadent cheeses and Prosecco as the sun set, had just as stellar a view.

The road trip was so much fun and it really gave me a great perspective of Alberta and British Columbia. Even being from Oregon—with Mount Hood, St. Helens, et al—I was so amazed of the mountainous terrain throughout Banff Provincial Park (aka the Canadian Rockies) and Glacier Provincial Park. They seem to go on forever, both into the horizon and into the sky. Oh glorious world—may we take good care of her so generations to come can enjoy her beauty.

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