Saturday, June 10, 2017

June 7: On the way to Banff

We woke up at the rest area at 39 degrees at 6a and found truckers in the rest area and all along a side road. By the time we left at 8a the temperature had moderated at 59 degrees.

We drove along Highway 3 through Fernie, Sparwood, and Crowsnest. In Sparwood, we saw the “Largest Truck in the World” used in the mining operations around there.

Then we stopped at Frank, which is the site of a large rockslide, which on April 29, 1903, saw 30 million cubic meters (over 39 million cubic yards) of limestone burying part of the town. Its depth was from 150 meters (492 feet) to 450 meters (1476 feet). The side of the mountain slid into the town in a matter of 90 seconds. Surprisingly, only 90 died, most of who are still under the rockslide today.

Along the way to Calgary we came across a strange site—fenceposts with hats upon them for probably a mile—not sure why!

We ended up at Bow Valley Provincial Park east side of Canmore, MT. What a great view from my campsite.

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