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.
Sorry, but the rest of the photos are golf…
Today I am paired up with a really nice couple from Calgary. I choose to walk again (I know, I know – more punishment.)
I played pretty good again today – not quite as good as yesterday. One stroke more. But it was still a fun round.
I absolutely love the way the “Grande Dame” (Fairmont Hotel) shows up on so many of the holes.
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):
This is the way I had to go instead:
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!