We get up and go for a quick pee. Then back into the van. I was going to write, but scanned the new dog training clicker book, “Clicking with your dog. Step by step in pictures.” Just my speed.
Somehow the other one I have, that I love, hasn’t gotten me into action. Sherman is tethered to the the picnic table while I finish dressing and load up with treats.
We start with what’s called loading the clicker.

It’s a simple click, treat. Click-treat. Repeat 10-20 times. Dog trick #1. Learning that a click means a treat. Then we do sit with click-treat. Then we start walking. When the leash is slack, click-treat. Walking slowly he gets it. Walking faster something else takes over. Anyway. Day 1. Progress was made.

We go for a good walk on the dirt road. We walk back to Wapta Falls Camp and walk in. One of the sites is empty. We stand and look around. Me at the falls. Sherman at the woods looking for critter movements. The falls are amazing. This is the Columbia River. The same one that exits between Oregon and Washington. It’s already a very big river here. Wonder where it’s source is?
Wapta Falls from a campsite. It’s amazing that the Forest Service keep the trees trimmed so the view is clear.
Walking back I notice a string of signs, ala Burma Shave.

We head east toward the town of Banff. Not impressed.

Looks like a movie set.
We head for Canmore. The woman at the Revelstoke Visitor’s Center told me of her favorite road in the whole area that goes through the Canadian Rockies. It goes out of Canmore. The Smith-Dorrien/Spray Trail Rd. I found a Canmore Visitor’s Center and get directions plus two good options for a 10-25 km hike. Off we go.
This is from the Nordic Village.

The views along the road are stunning, as you can see. The road is also amazing. Gravel. At least 4 lanes wide. Speed limit of 70 kph.
We get to the trailhead and hike up to a mountain lake. A 7 mile round trip.

The trail is well maintained. All uphill to the lake. I test my Sherman theory. Let him run until his circle expands to a 100+ feet, then onto the leash until he calms. Then off again. It worked. Today… we’ll see how the future arrives.
Now which direction to head for sleep? Back to TC-1 or on the highest elevation paved road in the area that’ll eventually take us back to TC-1? 10 minutes after we start driving, it starts to rain. A good steady soaking rain. It had sprinkled on the hike, but if we had hung out at the lake longer, we’d be finishing the hike wet.
At the decision intersection it’s raining harder with pretty low visibility. The high elevation road will be very windy with no visibility. So we head back to TC1. At an intersection there’s a long horn…? Doesn’t look like a sheep. More deer-like.

As we get to the TC-1 intersection, there’s a casino. I know that they, like Walmart are places that RVs and trucks can stop for the night. I pull in and take a look. It’s about 5pm and would be good to find a place soon. Driving around the lot looking for a place, this isn’t it. So, we’re on TC-1 heading east to Calgary. About an hour later we drive out of the rain.
The terrain nearing Calgary is big rolling hills. This was the center for the Winter Olympics in 1988, I think. On the beginning of our drive through the Canadian Rockies we stopped for a minute at the Nordic Center that was built for the Olympics.
Approaching Calgary. Where to stay? There are no Forest Service campgrounds near cities. The next Rest Area is about 100km. So it’s truck stops. I try a Flying J and there’s only one truck there. It just feels creepy. I look to see if it’s just some weird prejudice? No, it’s a weird vibe. Ok. Where next. There’s a Petro-Canada about 5 min away. We go there. Yes. Many trucks. RV spots along the walls. An open restaurant. A community spot.