A Whirlwind Visit to Calgary
After our adventures in Drumheller, we set off to Calgary to visit with a friend who graciously offered to host us for the night. We got in late so we had just enough time to eat a delicious dinner, catch up, and get home for a good night’s rest. After an amazing breakfast at one of Calgary’s popular breakfast joints, Red’s, we bid adieu to our generous host and hopped on our bikes to explore the vast networks of biking/walking paths throughout Calgary’s downtown and riverfront.
Next up, we headed to Canada Olympic Park (COP) – the site that hosted events for the 1988 Calgary Olympics. After tooling around a bit and admiring the old structures for the ski jumps, the bobsleigh track, and of course THE Jamaican bobsled, we got our helmets on and hopped on the ski lift that took us to the top of the luge track! Apparently it is possible to ride down the Olympic luge track for those adrenaline junkies out there but this option requires that a “pilot” actually takes you down since it is dangerous and requires Olympic skill to maneuver. We opted for the more leisurely option of driving our own little luge carts down a low grade slope which was modelled after the luge tracks originating in New Zealand. Although it was not at an Olympic pace, it was still pretty thrilling to zip down the winding course overlooking the city.
From COP, we scooted onto the TransCanada headed to Banff National Park for our week of chilly fall camping in the Rocky Mountains. We stopped briefly in Canmore for dinner at the Grizzly Paw Brewing Company before continuing on our way to our campsite on Two Jack Lakeside. Once we arrived, we quickly set up our tent and got settled in to enjoy our beautiful accommodations and rest up for the many adventures to come in Banff National Park…
Adam & Amanda