On his Business trip to
, he took his dear sister that’s me Ahem! No Mona little one don’t get green you are equally dear to both of us ….only thing we grew up together sharing toys, games, inventing languages, exploring the huge rooms back home in Poona for the so called hidden treasures in the huge bangalow constructed during the British time, when the whole household was taking their siesta in the lazy afternoons. We worked on our secret language to share some mischief together. I remember we named our Doctor uncle ‘Khastam ’ we detested him with a passion for injecting those menacing looking painful injections…and giving us enema at the drop of a hat !Yes we also got sick together …We have shared our measles, chicken pox, thyphoid, mumps and what not…lying side by side in perfect harmony, companionship and disagreement much to the chagrin of our parents . Calgary
Now he wanted to share the unique visual delight of his, to explore and experience the beauty of
. Which I did to the hilt ! Alberta
We flew from
Toronto at 7 am Toronto time and reached at 8.40 a.m.Calgary time. After flying for four hours .Calgary is to the west of Calgary hence the two hours time difference. He graciously offered me the window seat. And before I made myself comfortable he had dosed off .Could not see much as most part we were either above the clouds or between them .The turbulent weather tossed the plane around with such ease as if it were a Frisbee gave me such a fright oblivious to the jerky ride he was in sweet dreams .He opened his beautiful eyes when we were on the descend .He pointed out to the Rockies far away, the prairies and as we came closer to the ground he pointed out to the landmarks ….the Downtown The Calgary tower , The Saddle stadium. As we touched the tarmac – I reported safe landing to Mom and Dad and told them unlike the weather predictions of black menacing clouds we had a sunny bright day spread out before us. Well- I said it too soon The 680 News was right as we hired a Chevy and set the G.P.S on his Apple iPhone the sky covered itself with a thick black blanket dousing the excitement of my brother who wanted me to ‘dekho the picture postcard perfect scenic beauty of the Rockies against he backdrop of deep blue sunny skies .His conversation took an apologetic note as to last this…last time that…because by now the rain came down in sheets. I assured him that if driving was not a pain with him in the in Clementine weather I was thoroughly enjoying the novelty of it all .He seemed relieved and we relaxed. Toronto
We’ drove on in the brand new car on strong engineered straight road with the river along side . swirling around the trees downstream. to me resembling Tim Horton’s Coffee Double Double as he likes it. I pointed out the slurpy river gushing down looking so inviting in the cold rain ! Imagine a hot chocolate river cascading down. engulfing the Evergreen trees . Calgary is dotted with the X-mas trees. It makes the place look so festive !For quite sometime we went on and on a straight flat road with a prairie like terrain until we turned a long bend of the road and there we were hit by the sight of mammoth mountains seemed like holding hands blocking our way . It looked like a cull-de sac in the far horizon. Even as we were admiring it the clouds rushed in and covered the
Rockies with their white mantle . .With the rain and clouds in play the far away sentinels disappeared from our sight.
With the pattering raindrops playing the drums overhead ,keeping time with the running commentary of my brother extolling the scenic beauty of the area we were traversing on sunny days that he had experienced when he was there on previous occasions… I didn’t miss much. So we were on the Ice field Parkway road in high spirits with the sole aim of enjoying the day -come rain or storm!
Believe me I experienced the most spectacular long drive . .Even as I write I cannot imagine travelling through a diverse variety of landscapes . Effortlessly and smoothly we overtook many a tourists cars and buses. Different makes of the cars made the road so colourful .Technology exhibition in motion does not give one a monotonous /dull moment. Many caravan trailers were on the road .He explained that it was like home on wheels , very exciting especially when travelling with the entire family…they also had different rest areas. Many cars had a trailer holding their boats and bikes, fishing poles.
Banff Town area .The name Banff comes from ,birthplace of a major financer of the Canadian Pacific Railways ,elevation 1,384 ft. Banffshire, Scotland
To be continued…..