The Castle in the Rockies, Banff. May 18th, 2013
We were back on the trans Canada Highway heading east to Banff, Alberta today. Lyn and I lived in Banff from 2000 to 2004 and so as we are driving along past so many familiar places it was easy to reminisce about our experiences.
The title of today’s blog is a reference to The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel that was built in the 19th century as one of Canada’s grand railway hotels. It is nestled at the foot of Sulfur Mountain very close to the natural sulfur hot springs and a short walk from downtown Banff. The hotel was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway and was advertised as an international tourist resort.
The watercolor sketch of the Banff Springs Hotel was done on location at a Place called “Surprise Corner” on Tunnel Mountain Drive. It offers an excellent view of Sulfur Mountain and the hotel. The other two sketches are of Cascade Mountain and The Sawback Range. The sketch of Cascade Mountain is a less typical view and is usually seen in photo’s as the back ground to a picture of Banff Avenue. “Rain Storm over the Sawback Range” was also painted on location just west of Banff on the 1A Highway that is a great alternative road to take if you want to go to Lake Louise from Banff.
Cascade Mountain, Banff, Canada
The Sawback Range in Banff National Park, Canada
Road side stop near Revelstoke.
Looking up stream from the Natural Bridge in Yoho National Park
Driving the Trans Canada Highway May 17, 2013
The first real day of travel took us from Richmond, BC. to Revelstoke, BC. along the Trans Canada Highway. It felt a bit surreal leaving Richmond and traveling east knowing that if we continued to travel east we would be home again in Vancouver in eight months time.
After driving all morning we stopped in the afternoon at the town of Salmon Arm. We visited the cemetery there to pay our respects to Lyn’s grandparents and great grandmother. For us it seemed appropriate to start the trip by paying our respects and thanking them for setting the ground work for the life we lead today.
Our first night of the trip was spent camping in Revelstoke at the KOA camp ground.
Richmond, BC., Canada May 16, 2013
Having left our mountain home in Squamish, BC. we drove down to Richmond, BC., just outside of Vancouver near the Frazer River. We spent a couple of days here to make sure that we had everything we needed for the long trip ahead.
We had some time on our hands and so we took advantage of the opportunity to be tourists in our own back yard. We went to the nearby fishing village of Steveston where I did some sketches of the water front. Steveston is known for its commercial fishing port and was historically a salmon canning port.
The Start, Day 1, Leaving Home May 15, 2013
Three years ago my wife Lyn and I did a trip around the world. As a way to do justice to an eight month back packing adventure and to clarify the story of our journey I am going to post paintings and sketch’s starting from the beginning of our journey back in Squamish, BC, Canada.
Lyn and I had been planning this great adventure for some time and so when we sold our house in Squamish we had a big garage sale and put the remainder of our belongings into storage. With that done, we loaded up the car with camping gear with the plan of driving across the United States to Boston as the first leg of our trip.
Here is the story of our trip in sketch’s and paintings. Driving down the Sea to Sky highway from Whistler on our way to Vancouver, BC. we spotted a mother black bear and her cubs. We thought this was a great omen of things to come and a great way to leave our mountain home.
Follow us a we go back through a trip that took us to 96 cities and 15 countries on our eight month journey.