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Lake Louise Redux

Our first visit to Lake Louise was cold, rainy and grey. At atara's suggestion we went back up there today when the weather was nicer. We decided that the lake itself would probably be a disaster of tourists, so we took in other attractions instead. We grabbed lunch in the village, then rode the gondola up to the top of the ski hill.

Later, we drove up to Lake Moraine to see what it had to offer. In a word, scenery. We took a few shots of the lake, then noticed that a lot of people seemed to be collecting at the top of a large stone pile beside the lake. On further investigation, we learned that there was a path leading up the back to scenic overlooks at the top.

atara, her uncle and I took the path to the top while her folks waited at the bottom. It was a bit of a hike for people who were already tuckered out from three very active days of exploring and hiking, and at about the 4/5 mark atara protested and sat down in the stairs, announcing that it would be a good time to get a picture of her if I felt so inclined.
Lake Moraine

The view from the top was nothing short of spectacular. I will posting more pictures once I get home and have access to a computer with more horsepower, but here is a sample of the view from the top.
Lake Moraine

We saw a bit more wildlife on our way back to the cabin at the end of the day. There was a moose by the side of the road leading out of Lake Louise, and later we saw (or atara saw, since I was driving) a family of grizzly bears (mother and two cubs) by the side of highway 1.
Tags: lake louise, vacation
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