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Kicking Horse Bike Park

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My first time downhill riding  today was a blast.

Kudos to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort bike park for its great course offerings.

Who knew riding a ski resort was so much fun!

 

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My first time downhill riding  today was a blast.

Kudos to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort bike park for its great course offerings.

Who knew riding a ski resort was so much fun!

 

Banff Gondola

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Ninety minutes and 2,292 feet later, we saved ourselves (CAD) $58 each by walking to the top. 

The walk down was much easier.

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Campsite Laundry

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Most of my full-timing RV pals proudly eschew full hook-up camp sites (water, electric, & sewer) during their travels.  Kelly and I are no different.

These types of campground sites cost the most and are very often the least desirable in terms of space.  Because we have ample solar and battery capacity and have become quite adept in conserving water, we tend to avoid them.  But not always.

Every few months we find ourselves briefly with full hook-ups for one reason or another.

Most of my full-timing RV pals – those who are honest that is – will sheepishly admit that full hook-ups can be a nice treat, affording otherwise non-had luxuries such as a long(er) shower.  Kelly and I are no different.

Also, full hook-ups present an easy opportunity to complete free campsite laundry using a $5 Home Depot bucket and $3 toilet plunger agitator.

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Banff

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The town of Banff is a juxtaposition I cannot capture easily.

It is typical of *destination* resort towns – small, absolutely packed with tourists, cars, & tour buses.

There no shortage of kitschy commercial offerings of all types.

Really, it is pretty much a shitshow.

However, with only the slightest effort – and the willingness to take any one of multiple uphill trails – it’s easy to get lost for hours and effectively escape the nonsense.

Having been here a few days, I am nicely settling into a cadence of morning hikes with Kelly followed by an afternoon spin on the bike while she does yoga.

We’ll make it work here.

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Rae Glacier

70AF1E9A-1098-41E8-A0C3-66372F155404We crossed into Canada a week ago with no issues and quickly settled into Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.  

Having found ourselves in south-central Alberta and nesting on the eastern edge of the Canadian Rockies, we celebrated the long and rained-soaked Canada Day weekend in a spectacularly beautiful area.

Mother Nature was not all sour grapes however.  In the windows free of rain, Kelly and I did find time to play outdoors.

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The hike to Rae Glacier was a wonder trek.  First, up and through an alpine lake campground and the free firewood pile, then onto a rock field, before a final steep ascent to the top.  The trail was nearly ours alone and lunch at the foot of the glacier, while quite chilly and windy, afforded stunning views.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t linger.  As we sat high above the tree line, we could see the next storm rapidly approaching, forcing us off the glacier.

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Kananaskis Fire Lookout

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The uphill was long and steep.

The views at the top were amazing.

The downhill was fast.

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Whitefish Bike Retreat

 

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It was love at first site.  I was smitten for the Whitefish Bike Retreat – they had me at Cold Beer.

Never-mind the fantastic network of local biking trails surrounding the venue, there is onsite communal lodging and RV/tent camping available, enabling quick and easy access to flow trails, pump tracks, and skills courses.  

What’s not to love about this place?

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Maybe my visit – a Tuesday afternoon – was not an accurate representation of the place?  I highly doubt that.  The overall vibe is very laidback which suited me just fine.

Oh, I almost forgot – the variety of cold beer available (bottles and cans) is quite stellar.  

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