Well here we are. Not quite in the US. We drove most of the day, through Kananaskis Country, just west of Calgary, and on down south to the US border. Apparently there are no vacancies in the US this evening, as the border is closed, like it’s full. I guess that’s one solution to the illegal immigration issue, just close the borders. 7:30 in the afternoon, still light, and the border’s closed. So now I’m back in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, spending the night before we head south into Glacier in the morning. I was really looking forward to showing my parents around Glacier NP, as it’s the first place in the Rockies I ever visited, spending 3 weeks backpacking the park many years ago. However, I believe the road through the park, Going to the Sun Road, isn’t open all the way, and we don’t have time to drive around the south of the park to get up to Bowman Lake in the Northwest corner, one of my favorite little haunts. I guess we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out exactly what’s open and what’s not.
This photo was taken right at sunset, in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada. The sky blazed its farewell to us for mere seconds. I wanted to go back to the vehicle and get a longer lens, but feared the time it would take me to go the 50 yards and back , I’d miss the shot. Within a minute of taking this photo the color was gone, a grey sky wrapping Chief Mountain in the coming night. I don’t know how it looks on a calibrated monitor, as I’m working on a laptop, and guessing at how to make the processing adjustments correctly. The colors of the sky and the colors of the birch on the ground were as vibrant and intense as any, absolutely an awesome evening. I thought it was the Canadian Rockies wishing us well on our journey, and saying goodbye, but it seems they were saying “wait, don’t go”. We’re spending the evening once again in the Canadian Rockies and loving every minute of it (well, mum and dad don’t love the cold morning minutes, but other than that, I think it’s safe to say they’ve had a great time. I know I have.
Tomorrow, we should be in Glacier National Park, and I look forward, as always, to seeing its grandeur once again.