Saturday, September 8, 2012

Banff to Coleman

View of Main Street Banff

A couple views of "Quarter Dome" (above and below)

Strolling through Banff Gardens

Bow River runs through Banff

The magnificent Banff Springs Hotel

Bow River Falls

Cool Indian head medallions on bridge

Pick-up sticks pattern of fallen trees

Aptly named Castle Mountain (above and below)

Vermillion Pass @ 5,700'

At Continental Divide

Most of us beat the rain to Kootenay Lodge

The two who got caught in the rain attempting to warm up

The floors to the cabins aren't exactly straight

Herb cresting Sinclair Summit @ 4,723'

Inviting pools at Radium Hotsprings

Funny woodcarvings in town of Radium Hotsprings

 Radium Hotsprings overlooks a valley which contains the headwaters of the Columbia River 

Leaving Kootenay National Park and heading toward the town of Fairmont

Hoodoos of Fairmont (above and below)

Fort Steele's claim to fame is Heritage Town

Replica of Fort tower

Various farming artifacts on Fort grounds

Fort is home to Belgium draft horses

Taking a quiet back road to Fernie

The mountains of Fernie and the Elk River

Beautiful downtown Fernie

Fernie with roots in mining has become a very popular ski and mountain biking mecca

The fine hostel in Fernie where we had private rooms (above and below)

Outdoor deck at hostel

The weeklong TransRockies Mountain Bike Races was starting in Fernie

Start of the time-trials

Sparwood is coal country

In front of the world's biggest truck in Sparwood

Beautiful lakes at Crowsnest Summit @ 4,406'

Stunning Crowsnest Mountain stands out like a sore thumb 

One of our more interesting accommodations - the historic Grand Union in Coleman

Coleman is a former coal mining town with some interesting historic buildings . . . unfortunately most are boarded up

Sweet Amanda . . . 

our favorite waitress works at Chris' Diner in Coleman.

We ate here three times and left her enough tips to retire on!

Riding by Franks Slide near Coleman

A major landslide occurred in 1903 burying the town of Frank and killing over 70 people. The landslide was so immense that rocks the size of cars and trucks were swept across the valley and up the other side of the mountain.

You can see the rock debri-field on this side of the highway

The view of Franks Slide from about 5 miles away

Jay magically riding the top of fence

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