Monday, August 15, 2011

UP the Mountain We Go

Sunday, we took our last adventure per our package deal, a ride on the Banff Gondola. The adventure begins with an eight minute journey to the summit of Sulphur Mountain in a  four passenger gondola cabin. The views become increasingly spectacular as you climb 698m (2,292 ft) to an elevation of 2,281m (7,486 ft) at the Summit. Savannah was with us and seem to enjoy the views of the trees as well.

We got a great view of the famous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. The Hotel, styled after a Scottish castle, was built in 1888 and is now a historic site. We stayed there with our friends, Dave and Silvia, about 25 years ago on a great ski trip. The hotel is just beautiful and is a great place to stay summer or winter.

We walked on their Sky Walk to take in the great views.

Sunday evening,we left Savannah in the MH and went into town for dinner. We first walked around and checked out some shops I bought a ring.  Ammolite, a opal like stone, is found primarily along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains in North America and I have only seen in on our trips to Canada and finally decided to buy one.  The colors are gray to brown, with primarily red to green iridescence  The one I got is brown and green.                                         
We ate at the The Grizzly House. We have eaten here both times we were here in Banff. The fondue is their specialty and we had that both times, including the decadent chocolate fondue with fruit and cake This time we decided to have appetizers only. We had the cheese fondue with swiss cheese, wine and kirsch with bread cubes for dipping. We also got some air dried beef to eat with it which was also very good. We also had escargot mixed with wild mushrooms in a pernod, garlic cream sauce. This was different than how we had it before, which was served in the escargot dishes with a butter and brandy sauce, but just as good. There was bread to scoop up the sauce. Oh my, this place is so good. No wonder we keep coming back instead of trying something new. We sat outside while the crowds of people walked by. Great people watching.

Picture about from their site. Oh another thing that was different was the fondue dishware, which is now electric. When we came with our friends, there was the dish over a burner and we almost caught the place on fire with it. I am sure the amount of wine we drank had nothing to do about it. Do you think that is why they changed to electric? Actually it was only a small fire and we got it out ourselves.

It rained most of the day Monday, our last day there. We are glad we got in all our tours and things we wanted to do. Tuesday onto Waterton Lake, down near the border.

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