April 11 - Homeward Journey

April 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Home1Home1 After three months in the Okanagan, we left for home on April 3. This photo shows us departing after breakfast at Helmut's in Vernon, with Maureen and Dennis Hunkin, with whom we travelled in tandem to Ontario.

Most of the travels were in great weather with dry and bare roads. This image below I made along the Trans-Canada Highway in Revelstoke National Park.

Home2Home2 This photo is of the spectacular view as we approached Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park.

Home3Home3 We stopped for our first two nights in Canmore so that we could tour Banff National Park. I went to the Vermilion Lakes area near the town of Banff for sunset photography. Unfortunately the light was not great, but I made this photo of reflections in the lake.

Home4Home4 The next morning I arose early to look for sunrise conditions. Again I was skunked as the sky was clear with no clouds. So I decided to try Two Jack Lake, hoping for side lighting on Mount Rundle as I was not going to get anything colourful. This is my image from that morning.

Home5Home5 Later that day, which was bright and sunny, we drove the Bow Valley Parkway, and then up to Lake Louise. After we returned to Canmore, but the sky clouded over completely. There was no point in just sitting in our hotel room. We decided to check out the Minnewanka Lake Road. In a meadow along this road we encountered four male elk.

Home6Home6Elk (wapiti) The next day, before stopping in Medicine Hat, we detoured north to Dinosaur Provincial Park. There I made these two detailed images of the erosion patterns in the badlands.

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The next couple days across the prairies were uneventful. We did stop in Winnipeg to visit the Museum of Human Rights - a fantastic building with interesting exhibits. I would recommend a visit whenever you are in that area.

My next photo stop was at Kakabeka Falls, just west of Thunder Bay. Spring melt waters poring over the falls made for some unique photos.

Home9Home9 I have not had any luck being along the eastern shores of Lake Superior and finding the ice piled high. This year the ice had melted and there were only a few accessible spots with any ice. This photo I made at Pancake Bay.

Home10Home10 Just south of here, we stopped in to visit Denise and Dave, had a pleasant dinner, but then drove through extremely thick fog patches and rain to Sault Ste. Marie. The next day, Monday, after a visit with the Gallaghers in Blind River, we reached home in mid-afternoon.

So our journey was eight days, but why rush. We saw some interesting places in Canada, and drank many a bottle of very good B.C. wines in our rooms each evening.

 

 


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