I guess, geologically, all the lands just east of the Rockies are closely related. The mountains wring all the West-traveling clouds of their rain, and the rise of altitude is the same, so it's nearly all high plains, with mildly different amounts of precipitation. The further north we go, the more rain there is along the plains, so the greens got gradually more and more green.
I was impressed.
We also decided, in Calgary, that we were going to change some of our plans, and instead of trying to enter the Canadian Rockies at the north end of the parks, i.e. go all the way through Edmonton and come West from there, and go a huge number more of miles, that we were going to just head West from Calgary and use the inner park diagonal to get up to the northern parks.
Just for the fun of it, we drove all the way to the Banff Springs Hotel just to see what was there. It's a beautiful old hotel, built out of stone, and is nearly a castle, with a full, bustling staff, and lots of restaurants, spas, and all the like in there. The price matched the setting, and we decided not to go there and went back into town and just stuck with a Great Western hotel with a hot tub and beautiful big queen beds. *laughs* We also go a good walk into town and found our dinner at the Banff Ave Brewery.
We actually walked all down the whole town and then back again, and got to the IGA grocery store, and I managed to find the Fentiman's Rose Lemonade as well. While we were wandering, we happened on a Bernard Callebaut's chocolates. There used to be one in the Seattle area, but it closed down due to lack of business, so it was amazing to find a really wonderful and thriving one here. We each got two chocolates just for tonight. They don't last, but they were totally worth experiencing.
So it's been a really good day and we got a long way, and tomorrow, we'll be out of touch completely, electronically, and just out camping, hopefully in Jasper. It's a long way from home, but it's been good.