Goodbye Alberta, Hello British Columbia

5 08 2017

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Miles – should be 200; turned out to be 250 plus more hours…

Another beautiful day in Banff – perfect for my second round of golf at the Fairmont.  Breakfast today is light.  I order poached eggs with spinach and salmon from the Bow Valley Grill.

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Yes, light.  (I asked for no potatoes).  Took the fruit to the course with me.

Sorry, but the rest of the photos are golf…

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Today I am paired up with a really nice couple from Calgary.  I choose to walk again (I know, I know – more punishment.)

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I played pretty good again today – not quite as good as yesterday.  One stroke more.  But it was still a fun round.

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I absolutely love the way the “Grande Dame” (Fairmont Hotel) shows up on so many of the holes.

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After golf I must pack up and head south to Cranbrook.  Thank you for the 4:00pm checkout, Amex.

What should have been simple, relatively short drive turns out to be a marathon.  I checked road conditions before leaving and saw the the highway I need (93) has been re-opened.  It has been closed for 2 days due to smoke.  Great.  My optimism turns dismal as I approach Castle Jct and the turnoff for 93. Big signs let me know that 93 is indeed closed again.  BAH!

This is the route I was planning – and the most direct way to get to Cranbrook.  All the red indicates road closures (disregard the time – this route should be about 3 1/2 hours):

Cranbrook, BC to Banff, AB - Google Maps closed road-1

This is the way I had to go instead:

Cranbrook, BC to Banff, AB - Google Maps-1

Oh well.  I am a bit concerned about Rich and his buddies as well.  I know they are in Lake Louise and are planning to visit Banff tomorrow which should not be a problem.  But the following day I believe they had planned on taking 93 From Banff to Radium Hot Springs.  No can do.  I have been texting him to  let him know of the closures.

I finally make it into Cranbrook at the St Eugene Golf and Casino Resort around 8:00pm. No big dinner plans tonight.  I was so hungry that I stopped at a Subway on the way (feel better, Rich?).  I check in and manage to hit up the casino for a bit.  After about 10 minutes I won $350! (No, I did not come back with $350…).

Tomorrow will thankfully be a late morning.  My tee time at St. Eugene is not only on property, but isn’t until 11:00am.  The plan is to sleep waaaaay in.

Ok – I know this isn’t part of my trip, but I love this photo so much that I decided to include it.  Hey – it’s my blog.  I can put whatever I want in!

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Janel and Isam just finished an incredibly hard jigsaw puzzle!

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