20.07.2007 - 23.07.2007 25 °C
As I leave Calgary on the bus, I am on my laptop uploading pictures, listening to music and also looking at pictures of the last year in Toronto. Three hours later, I arrive in Banff and blown away by seeing mountains! Toronto was so flat back then. Anyways I got a free taxi ride to the hostel and expected to see Kat probably lazing around the hostel. Turns out she wasn't and it wasn't until an hour or two later when Lee (new lad) recognised me and mentioned that Kat was working at the offy until 7 and that really although it was 6 I should see her anyways. So as I'm walking down the hill and onto the parade of three shops that she worked (on some days in all three) she ran out and gave me a huge hug completely forgetting that there was a customer in the store.
So after a brief chat and a few mozzy swatting sessions we were back in Lee's cabin with my laptop checking out my pictures of places she hadn't been to like the east coast and maritime regions of Canada (St. John's, Halifax, etc). Then after a few introductions to some people it was time to hit the bar downstairs in the basement of the hostel where there was a karaoke session going on. So naturally after a few too many drinks, I was up there with my room-mates for that night singing Oasis' "Wonderwall". It was me who signed up for it but was dragged up by Siem (guy from the Netherlands).
So first night over with by 3am and off to bed we went. Woke up around 11ish and headed off to the Banff Gondola. So got the bus into the town of Banff and then another one taking me to the foot of the mountain and then from there a cable car slightly bigger than a smart car would take upto four of us to the Gondola at the top. As soon as I got up there I was blown away by what I could see other than mountains.
So after a couple of hours up there, I grabbed the bus back to the hostel. The bus was so old that we had another encounter of not getting up the hill (like we did in the fiesta mum in Wales). So we walked up the rest of the way. Luckily it wasn't steep or long but I got back to the hostel in one piece and then booked a few things like my rafting experience and after chilling with Kat in the cafe for hours I stayed up all night on my laptop looking up things to do in my next few destinations. Sadly it didn't go too well but still killed the time for my before calling home and then grabbing the shuttle bus to Yoho national park to go rafting. One of the best things I've done! Being thrown about in a dingy by rapids and then a quick swim in +4 degree waters afterwards. Bit stupid really as it didn't help with my cold and cough but oh well all worth it. So after going down the rapids twice we came back to grab our stuff, a hot chocolate and then off to Lake Louise for lunch. Then back to the hostel we went where I just crashed on my bed and fell asleep until Kat woke me up a few horus later asking if I wanted to hit the town with everyone. Naturally and stupidly I said yes! Great night downtown with everyone and a scenic walk back up the mountain to the hostel. The stupid thing about it was that I had to be up at 6am to pack, check out and then grab my bus to town to go to Jasper and we got back to the hostel at 3am so another night of no sleep for David.
So after goodbyes during the night because Kat had a day off and wasn't going to get up she said, so off on the bus I went off to Jasper.