Welcome to Katie's Travel Blog. This is really Jenny-doesn't-get-to-travel blog where I (mom) keep track of Katie's adventures so I can have some vicarious enjoyment! Here's a look at what one globally-aware kid from little Santa Cruz, California gets to do these days if her mom's willing to keep working!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Day 8, Monday, July 18: Kelowna, British Columbia

Katie called last night - she was in high spirits and said she wasn't really feeling homesick anymore. I could hear the happy voices behind her and she said it's been like a giant slumber party almost every night. They stay up talking and having a good time.

Katie sent along her picture today that made me very happy (can it be that she looks older already?!).

Lyly sent a couple photos from the Tipi Camp that I just posted. She also sent the two below from Bow Lake and the glacier. Katie said the hot spring water was really hot but it sound like it worked perfectly for Lyly! 

Here's Lyly's note (and the itinerary below the two pics):
Today we woke up really early to get to the ice glaciers. It was a three hour drive and most students slept or wrote in their journals the entire way.  
We arrived at the glaciers and were immediately transferred to an Ice Explorer. The tires alone are almost 6 feet tall and the cab towers over you. It is very intimidating to stand next to the truck. These trucks are made to take very steep climbs up or down without flipping over. The students seemed to really enjoy riding the ice explorer and made all kinds of noise as we headed down the steep incline. As we approached the glacier, it got visibly colder and colder. 
Once on the glacier students were allowed to walk around, look at the glacier up-close, and fill their water bottles. The water flowing off the glacier was so clear and tasted really fresh. Several students asked me how they could bring some water home to share with their families. Unfortunately, I had to tell them it was not possible. :( 
Once we headed back for the lodge/museum, Jillian (the explorer driver) gave us a mini lesson about glaciers. Fun Fact: Did you know that although every year the glacier is growing and moving forward, it is also continuing to lose 30 feet of ice? Eventually glaciers may disappear if we don't take care of them. Also Canada has the only Triple Continental Divide in the world. Which means that the water flowing off the glacier is flowing into three different oceans. 
On our way back to Banfafafa we stopped at the world famous Lake Louise to take a group picture in front of the beautiful blue water. After dinner, students enjoyed learning the history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police from a retired Sargent. They asked all kinds of questions about his uniform and duties. 
Last we sat in the warm Sulfur Springs. The temperature was 102 degrees and felt great on our achy muscles. Tomorrow we have a big bus ride and will howl with the wolves!
The picture was named Bow Lake but her write up says Lake Louise. Who knows! It's still great.
On the glacier!
People to People Itinerary

Continuing westward today, you journey into the heart of the Canadian Rockies along the
Trans-Canada Highway.

Along the way, stop in Golden at the Northern Lights Wildlife Centre to learn about Grey Wolves and howl with them.

Visit Roger's Pass Interpretive Center, in Glacier National Park, and learn how avalanche control has evolved over the years to keep the rail and highway routes across the pass open. You will also learn about the diverse wildlife that calls this region of 400 glaciers home.

Take in the history at one of Canada's most significant landmarks, the Golden Spike; this was the final spike driven into the Canadian Pacific Railway at Craigellachie in 1855. This event marked the beginning of a new Golden age for Canada, free of the long reign of natural disasters, financial crises and rebellion that plagued her shores in years past.

Tonight, you stay on the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBC-O) campus in the beautiful lakeside town of Kelowna.

Enjoy a BBQ dinner followed by a stone tool demonstration from a renowned archaeologist, during which you have the opportunity to hold stone tools that are over 600,000 years old. Try your hand at making your own obsidian arrowhead!

Okay, I am a little jealous she gets to learn about these wolves.
The Last Spike in a town who's name I can't spell!
The University Commons - wonder if they will be open?

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