21st May

More lack of sleep. I breakfasted on granola and coffee. Spoke to Carol which was lovely. Set off in our big bus, it seats 21 and we are 12 so lots of room, all the bags are sectioned off bit at the rear. Shopping at the MEC and Safeway and a short tour of Calgary – the tower, the fort, the stampede ground. Then out onto the big road to the mountains.

Stopped in Kananaskis district to walk up to viewpoint. I felt pretty rough. Very hot and sunny. Still snow on ground. My water bladder leaking, most annoying, the valve has come off. Only 7 km and 400m of ascent.

Got back to bus and set off and there was a bear by the roadside. Then to Canmore to the Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge where we stay 3 nights. Very comfortable and has a fridge.

Out to Elita restaurant for big local beer and nice chicken dish. Interesting menu including bison quesadilla and full vegan selection. Bed.

First bear, just near the car park we had been in!
Destination for our first walk out
Calgary Tower, includes rotating restaurant
View from Rocky Mountain Ski Lodge

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