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Art
11-05-2005, 08:19 PM
Just spent the past couple of days frolicking in the Alberta Rockies and even managed to hook up with [email protected] for half a day in Kananaskis. Shortly after entering the Trans Canada Hwy, we soon discovered that John had departed Calgary and was only two minutes behind us. Talk about impeccable timing. After stopping for lunch at the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis, we headed up to Nakiska for a spy.

Some photos of our impromptu GTG. :)

The Rigs At Hermitage Road where we hooked up with [email protected]
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b249/Batstar/TheRigs.jpg

Johnís New WRís. :)
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b249/Batstar/NokianWR.jpg

The Approach
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b249/Batstar/TheApproach.jpg

Steady As She Goes John.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b249/Batstar/JohnCdnRockies.jpg

The Cars And a Nakiska Backdrop
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b249/Batstar/XCNakiska.jpg

Parked at The Lodge At Kananaskis.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b249/Batstar/DeltaLodgeParkingLot.jpg

Nakiska in Need of Snow.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b249/Batstar/TheCarsatNakiska.jpg

Adieu John. Thanks for Lunch! :)
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b249/Batstar/JohnDeparting.jpg

Some Parting Shots as we Left Kananaskis. (Mount Kidd and Ribbon Creek)
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b249/Batstar/PartingShot.jpg
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b249/Batstar/Nakiska.jpg

Room With a View (Banff Springs Hotel) Wish it was our room. ;)
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b249/Batstar/RoomWithaView.jpg

The Three Sisters
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b249/Batstar/TheThreeSisters.jpg

pauldunlop22
11-05-2005, 08:38 PM
Great pics!! looks like wonderful trip..love those mountains..

coastal
11-06-2005, 01:51 PM
Thanks for posting, awesome pics! I really hope we can find the time and money to come visit you guys in the Rockies this winter, would love to see you guys on your home turf during ski season :)

And just because I have a habit of posting my own similar pics... here goes :)

Similar angle of Nakiska on our way to meet Art a couple years ago... How time flies :)
http://www.volvoxc.com/volvo_photo_gallery/albums/userpics/10001/nakiska%20solo.jpg

Art and I at Nakiska
http://www.volvoxc.com/volvo_photo_gallery/albums/userpics/10001/nakiska.jpg

Art
11-06-2005, 07:28 PM
Thanks for the comments guys, the scenic drive out is always worth the effort. It was big of John to join us too on such short notice. http://volvoxc.com/forums/images/icons/icon14.gif

Taylor,

Hard to forget the great drives that we did to Nakiska, Louise and Sunshine when you and Tricia were out here in 2003. Those were truly good times. :)
http://volvoxc.com/volvo_photo_gallery/albums/userpics/116-1611_IMG.JPG
http://volvoxc.com/volvo_photo_gallery/albums/userpics/10001/sunshine.jpg

Winter here should offer some great ski venues for both you and John. Did I mention that heís just itching to hit the slopes. ;)

Let us know when your heading out this way as youíre more than welcome to stay with us. :)

bobigski
11-07-2005, 04:02 PM
Art, Beautiful pictures. Wife and I did it the lazy way two summers ago with Tauck Tours. Calgary,Kannanaskis.Banff,Lake Louise Jasper and back to Calgary on the Icefields highway. Hard to beat the scenery. Just to rub it in, we had a room overlooking Lake Louise.This spring we did an OSD and travelled over the mts. of Norway to the Fjords inour XC 90 2.5T AWD. Another beautiful trip. No pictures. Sorry!

11-08-2005, 05:01 PM
Folks, I'm always willing to sacrifice myself when it comes to skiing and having a good time! It was great to see Art & Sai again - definitely a highlight for me.

If anyone wants an intro to our local Calgary area hills just drop me a line. Room and board is no problem as we always have a couple of spare bedrooms ready to accommodate visitors.

John

Art
11-08-2005, 09:29 PM
Art, Beautiful pictures. Wife and I did it the lazy way two summers ago with Tauck Tours. Calgary,Kannanaskis.Banff,Lake Louise Jasper and back to Calgary on the Icefields highway. Hard to beat the scenery. Just to rub it in, we had a room overlooking Lake Louise.This spring we did an OSD and travelled over the mts. of Norway to the Fjords inour XC 90 2.5T AWD. Another beautiful trip. No pictures. Sorry!

Thanks bobigski. I totally agree that the scenery along the Icefield Parkway is quite impressive. Stopping at the Columbia Icefields is a must. Were you able to take a snowcoach and tour the glacier itself? Sounds like your tour company pulled out all the stops as far as accommodations went. The view from The Chateau has got to be top notch. http://volvoxc.com/forums/images/icons/icon14.gif

Perhaps you may recall this shot along the Bow Valley Parkway. :)
http://volvoxc.com/volvo_photo_gallery/albums/userpics/2004-art-western_tour/Bow%20Lake%20From%20TransCan%20Hwy.JPG


Folks, I'm always willing to sacrifice myself when it comes to skiing and having a good time! It was great to see Art & Sai again - definitely a highlight for me.

If anyone wants an intro to our local Calgary area hills just drop me a line. Room and board is no problem as we always have a couple of spare bedrooms ready to accommodate visitors.

John, you are one hospitable guy! Hard for anyone to resist an offer like that. http://volvoxc.com/forums/images/icons/icon14.gif

As always, we enjoyed your company and look forward to the next meet. :)

bobigski
11-12-2005, 05:50 PM
Art, The tour people did pull out all the stops. Did ride the Snowcoach on the Glacier.Yes the Bow Valley pic looked familiar.The tour did cost an arm and a leg. A once in a lifetime trip. Cant leave everything to the kids. The OSD trip last May to the Fjords and Bergen was just as spectacular and cost less .Idrove the whole 1200 miles in her new XC90. :)