How the Cookie Crumbles

Life and scribbles on the far side of SIXTY-FIVE

Rocky Mountaineer: An Unexpected Bonanza

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Time to leave this little piece of heaven. The sun leaned low and bright, too hot to wait outside for the arrival of our bus. Some people wore jackets. Why? (unless they ran out of space in their bags—a longshot?). I’m usually the lone chicken in the crowd who complains I’m cold.

The short bus arrived (also called a minibus). Mary and I, and one other female boarded. Goodbye, sensational Lake Louise; goodbye spectacular mountains. No, we weren’t done with them yet. They followed us all the way to Banff, the young lady’s stop.

Talk about luck. The original plan had been a direct transport from Lake Louise to Calgary airport. This stop was a huge bonus and not just a passing one. Banff is tiny—population under 250— about a third of the way to Calgary from Lake Louise. The driver dropped the woman off in front of her apartment. Yeah, I know. Imagine that. He had business to attend to, something about a package, and parked behind a mini-mall on the main street. He’d be back in about an hour. We had a crowded Tim Horton’s at our disposal, a gift shop, a large sitting area, a few businesses, and a substantial ladies’ washroom.

I’d heard stories of the mind-blowing mountains here and we aimed to explore. When would an opportunity like this come again? Brilliant and majestic mountains surrounded Kamloops, too, but these seemed closer.

Someone announced we were leaving. From nowhere, a handful of passengers boarded behind us, a few from the large sitting area inside the strip mall. The mountains disappeared into the horizon one by one. Once we passed the exit for Kananaski, I noticed how the landscape flattened into the level, unexciting fields, and grassland, less interesting landscape I’m used to. I’ll be the first one to confess I felt something had been snatched away from me—something that left a hole.

The traffic increased but no real congestion. As we grew closer, a couple signs for the airport popped up.

The airport was easy to maneuver, unlike the one in Toronto. I no longer remembered lunch or even breakfast. We disposed of our luggage and proceeded to check out the food situation such as it is in airports.

We had time to kill. The sun burned hot through the glass wall of windows in the waiting area. I huffed and puffed till I turned my chair around. It was heavy. Another passenger decided to redecorate as well. Though my iPad held a dense library of books, I wasn’t up to screen reading. If need be, there would be time enough on the plane. A snooze sounded enticing but not yet.

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Next on October 26th – Rocky Mountaineer: What Now?

© 2018 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles

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Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

9 thoughts on “Rocky Mountaineer: An Unexpected Bonanza

  1. Again I am loving the trip…why was the snooze not on the cards “just yet”….. ?

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  2. I love that drive from Banff to Calgary. I lived in Calgary for 6 years. The prairies have a beauty of their own. A great trip for you. You saw so much!

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    • Bless you, Darlene for your visits.
      How I love and FEEL those mountains. My awe has not decreased though I’ve been home for over a year. Talk about being put in my place in the scheme of things of this wondrous world. I live on THE mountain in my home town–but it’s not really a MOUNTain comparatively speaking in any way. My vocabulary is insufficient to describe my feelings. GOBSMACKED is my favorite go-to. 😀 😀

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  3. I’ve so enjoyed being on this trip with you.

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  4. Mary, thanks so much for your continued visits and support. I DO hope seeing this trip through my small and plainspoken observations from the edge of my seat has been somewhat interesting. You are better travelled, but I appreciate your kind reading. ❤ ❤ ❤

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