2013, Trip Six, The Northwest, August 10 and 11

Cranbrook, BC August 10, Saturday and August 11, Sunday

Rogers Pass now heading east.

Rogers Pass now heading east.

Our trip to Cranbrook from Revelstoke brought us back over Rogers Pass through Mt. Revelstoke and Glacier (Canada) National Parks. The drive was not rainy so the views were improved over the journey to Revelstoke.

Fort Steele Historic Site, British Columbia

Fort Steele Historic Site, British Columbia

Past Golden BC we entered into a broader valley with the Rockies on our left. The Kootenay river joined us, usually on the right side. The ride was uneventful and we stopped for lunch in Invermere.

School house in Fort Steele Historic Site

School house in Fort Steele Historic Site

We had picked up a brochure for a restaurant in Invermere several weeks ago when we were in the Banff area. At that time it seemed appealing due to offering stuffed hamburgers, basically juicy lucys.

Garrison buildings at Fort Steele

Garrison buildings at Fort Steele

The restaurant was on the beach of the lake in Invermere. Today we were not in the mood for burgers, stuffed or not. We went for quiche and salads and were quite pleased. Along with the restaurant was a cultural center with local art works so we could say we fed our souls and our stomachs at the same time.

Close to Cranbrook was Fort Steele Historic Site. Fort Steele had been a prominent town at the turn of the twentieth century
but when the railroad came through the area and made Cranbrook the local stop instead, Fort Steele dried up. That decision was influenced by the local legislator who owned land in Cranbrook. It has been restored as a historic site, including 60 restored buildings from the Fort Steele and some from neighboring areas.

A steam train ride and a walk through the site, talking to costumed re creators took up the latter part of the afternoon before we met our Evergreen hosts.

Our hosts live on an 80 acre site out of town and we saw numerous deer on their property. Once again we met gracious hosts and as we talked, we realized how varied people’s lives are. We tend to get caught up in our own world and these meetings help us re-discover the joy of travel, the kindness of strangers, and the still great number and variety of opportunities left to us in retirement.

Sunday

I am learning to relax. Instead of hiking and museuming ( a word?), we spent the day at Fairmont Hot Springs. This is a resort area about 90 minutes north of Cranbrook.

Fairmont Hot Springs pool

Fairmont Hot Springs pool

We went to church first in the town of Kimberly. Kimberly can be described in our minds as a Leavenworth WA wanna-be. Mining played out in the area and the town now has a ski resort and a downtown based on a German-Bavarian style. It is a nice effort but still relatively small and does not have the critical mass of stores, buildings, and ambience of Leavenworth in the Cascades.

At Fairmont, we had the Sunday brunch and spent most of the afternoon relaxing at the hot springs pool. The water in most hot springs has a sulphur component to it-smelly. The Fairmont and nearby Radium springs are sulphur free. Between soaking in the warm waters and relaxing on the grass surrounding the pools, our afternoon was quite pleasant.

Dinner was back in Cranbrook with our hosts and more amazing stories of adventure and travel.

We are coming to agreement that seven weeks out is a long time. We are slowing down, doing a little less planning, and getting tired sooner. We get back to St. Paul on Saturday the 17th and we are looking forward to it.

Ed and Chris August 13 8:30 pm

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