16/5/17 - 19/5/17 12 °C
After spending a few days in Cochrane (west of Calgary), with our grandson Will, Amy and Bryan, and our daughter Emily, we drove south about 2.5 hours to spend a few days in Waterton, probably our favourite National Park. We stayed one night at Lee Creek Campground in Cardston just east of Waterton. It's got to be the nicest municipal campground in Western Canada. It's a beauty. BUT . . . it rained, a lot! No drips in the Yellow Trailer though! The BBQ burgers were just a bit soggy.
The next day we awoke to more rain which quickly turned to sleet then snow. By the time we slid and slipped into Waterton, winter had returned for its Spring visit.
Waterton boasts stunning, Swiss-like mountain views, Big Weather, glacial lakes (the Upper Lake is the deepest one in the Rockies), and abundant flora and fauna (especially bears). The Park is Canada's 4th oldest and is the northern (and smaller) sibling of Glacier National Park in Montana. The views of the prairie butting up to the front ranges are magical. In years past, we have hiked and backpacked throughout this Park. Some of the best trails anywhere. Bring your Bear Spray.
Needless to say, with all the snow, Larry couldn't resist making a Snowman, actually a Snowmoose. Warmer temps and the incessant Waterton winds quickly melted Bullwinkle and he puddled.
The sun eventually shone and we were able to poke about the few stores in the Village open this early in the season for business, chow down a famous Waterton Pizza (it's the BEST), spot herds of Bighorn sheep, a black bear, striped chipmunks, Columbian ground squirrels, Sandhill cranes and a wily coyote. Kath bought jammies too!
Tomorrow we head out of the Park, north through Lethbridge to Taber then to Tillebrook PP just east of Brooks, AB. Hope the meadowlarks are singing and the May Longweekenders not too rowdy!