This is the Prince of Wales Hotel located in Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta, Canada. My husband and I went on a tour of the Canadian Rockies over the summer. Canada is such a beautiful country. I would love to spend my summers there. The temperature was about 70 degrees the whole time we were there. At home the temperature was 95 degrees but it felt like 107 degrees due to the humidity. We did not get to stay at the Prince of Wales Hotel because it was about $249 Canadian dollars plus per night. The Hotel was built in 1926 and it was given the name Prince of Wales (who later became King Edward VIII in England) because they were trying to entice the Prince to stay at the hotel when he visited Canada in 1927 but he ended up staying at a local ranch instead.
View from the the Prince of Wales Hotel.
Another photo of the view from the Hotel.
While in the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, I saw several of these rock formations in the rivers. I didn’t really know what they were nor did I understand why they were in the rivers. According to the website “Friends of the Smokies” the rock formations are called cairns. They are used to help hikers mark their trail so they do not get lost in the forests. Cairns should not be in the rivers though. The website says that the rock formations in the rivers impede rafts as they go down rivers recreationally and they disrupt the river’s ecosystem. So, if you are walking along a trail and see rock formations like these, “Don’t move the rocks!”
Where does this trail go?
Now we know we are in the mountains. Its straight up from here.
At the end of the beautiful hike, was this amazing waterfall.
The Tennessee Smoky Mountains are stunning!
My husband stopped to look at a boat. He wanted to be able to fish offshore more since the last two summers have not been cooperating weather wise. I looked off to the side and there was this gorgeous old wooden boat in need of repair. I thought all the colors and the rust would make a wonderful background! I hope to play with this photo soon!
I will have to admit that birds make me nervous. I have not really stood very close to any bird before. Here at Parrot Mountain in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee you can see all types of birds and you can hand feed some of them too. One of the little birds jumped on my arm and I fed him. As we were leaving, you could go into the adoption area. There was one bird that let me pet him for about 30 minutes. It was amazing! I have a new appreciation for birds.
The Washington Monument was constructed in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States. It is located on the National Mall in Washington DC. When it was completed in 1888 it was the tallest structure in the world standing 554 feet until the following year when the Eiffel Tower was built in Paris, France.
Chair lift going down the mountain.
The 10 reasons I miss the mountains the most are:
- The clean mountain air
- The beautiful views
- The beautiful clear rivers
- The waterfalls
- Cool days
- Cooler nights
- The mountains
- The quaint little towns
- The really good food
- The arts and crafty people