End of the road ...
14.11.2013 - 15.11.2013 -12 °C
ROCKY MOUNTAIN GAZETTE
On Thursday 14th November it was my last day of work and it was great to be completely finished and to be able to do some travel again.
In the afternoon a colleague drove Sarah, Miranda and I up to the green patch on the hill overlooking downtown Banff and the valley to see it all covered in snow and for me to get one last view of the town. it was so beautiful up there and you could see the frozen Vermillion Lakes in the distance.
That evening some of my friends and colleagues decided to take me out downtown for a final goodbye evening. We headed off to the Canadian Royal Legion for their weekly Bingo night. Clearly this is the thing to do in Banff on a Thursday night and the venue was packed with a surprisingly younger crowd. I few of us had never played before so it was something new to try and pretty fun in the end.
After this we headed to Bruno’s which is a small bar/restaurant for their weekly Karaoke night. I was certainly not going to sing but a couple of my colleagues are great singers and guitar players so it was a fun night.
Sam, Matt (Ontario), Jeremiah (California) & Sarah (PEI) at Brunos
With Tami originally from Durban
They even sang a goodbye song for me by Aerosmith - I don't want to miss a thing - Haha.
Had a fantastic last drive along Highway 1 and out towards Lake Minnewanka and 2 Jack Lake. Everything has once again morphed since my last stop off here in the fall. The landscape is still and serene, almost frozen in time. We pass endless mountain peaks and snow capped craggy cliffs. Rundle and Cascade Mountain loom high above the road way, as the icy breeze flows over these Rocky Mountains and the dramatic clouds in dark shades of grey paint a stark and ominous feeling.
The buildup of snow clouds is imminent and one can slowly feel the temperatures starting to drop lower as each day passes.
Along the way we bypass a field and opening in the valley. A large heard of Wapiti or elk can be seen foraging and eating grass as the last of the sun peaks over the mountain tops. The fields are blanketed in white snow and only a few wisps of grass and foliage peak through. We stopped to take in this beautiful sight. The elk turn their heads but look unperturbed as we snap away at them like paparazzi on the pavement.
There were so many around so we got to stop and take some really great photos. The larger male elk just prance across the road way like they own the place. It was a great last sighting and send off.
Jeremiah (California), Matt (Ontario), Miranda (Ontario) & Sarah (Prince Edward island)
Sitting at the Banff Brewster Bus station waiting for my connection to Calgary Airport. I was dropped off by some friends.
Once again had to face the music and say goodbye to all those who had grown so close to me in such a short space of time.
Knowing that in just a few hours, I will be seeing the last of these dramatic mountains, as we head on through the plains towards Calgary and they become nothing more than a distant memory. I will definitely miss the mountains, endless forest, wide open spaces; snow capped peaks, the ever changing weather systems that have a mind of their own in these parts, as well as the wildlife that lives so freely out here and constantly surprises you at each and every turn.
It has been so amazing to have called this place home over the last few months.
I am looking forward though to a break & relax down South in The Dominican Republic after all the work.