I had made plans to go hiking on the Saturday with friends, and since I also had friday off I figured that I might as well go up a day early and make the most of my weekend. I was up early and was greeted by a beautiful autumn morning in the mountains. Things were looking really good as I stopped on the shores of the Bow river to photograph Castle Mountain. And then headed north on Highway 93 to explore the Icefields Parkway. I stopped on the side of the road to photograph the mirror like reflections in Herber Lake, and it all went downhill from there.
Two hours later I was in a tow truck traveling the seven kilometers back to Lake Louise for the obscene cost of $300 (yes that’s $42.85 per kilometre). But what can you do, at least the mechanic in Lake Louise was friendly, although my new battery was still ridiculously overpriced, but there’s not a whole lot of options in a place like that.
I spent the rest of the morning wandering around the Lake Louise area on foot while he work on my car. It turned out to actually be a really great morning exploring the small community walking along the river bank and following a random hiking trail up the mountainside towards the lake (they called to say my car was done so I turned back somewhere near the halfway mark).
I did make it back onto the parkway after another couple hundred dollars (not including the $50 I would later find on my phone bill from calling 411 to get a tow number – I was right on the egde of service and my phone kept cutting out, I think it took about 15 calls to get connected). I drove away the rest of the day, making it all the way to Abraham Lake on the Dave Thompson Highway before heading back to Banff for the night. To be honest I was a bit on the grouchy side and not feeling particularly inspired, so it wasn’t my most successful trip despite the beautiful weather. I did however get some great shots of Herbert Lake… while standing stranded on the side of the road.