Duke and I are on a three week road trip. On Monday we left Post Falls, Idaho and headed north into Canada. The border crossing was easy and quick. The smoke from western fires that has plagued us the whole trip continued as we drove north along Lake Kalune. You can just barely see the mountains through the smoke at this wonderful picnic lunch spot. It is a gorgeous lake that seems like a fiord.
At the north end of the lake the road ends and there is a free ferry. It was about a 30 minute absolutely beautiful ferry ride. Soon after that we arrived in Nelson where we spent the night. We stopped at one point to taste wine. The guy pouring our wine told us that Nelson is a hippy town where a lot of the Viet Nam war draft protesters settled. It is a beautiful town nested next to the lake.
On Tuesday we drove from Nelson to Banff in the Canadian Rockies. As we headed north the smoke cleared. We took another free ferry ride and found a totally deserted provincial park for our picnic lunch. One of the great things about travelling this time of year is that the roads are almost deserted and we have the parks to ourselves
It started to rain as we drove into Banff but who cares! The smoke is gone and the mountains are breathtaking. Today we head up the Ice Fields Parkway to Jasper.