We called Orbitz to cancel our flight. After nearly an hour on the phone we were told that we didn't need a passport for Lily. We were over an hour from home trying to decide wither or not to trust this information from a call center employee in India. Lily was crying, and I was exhausted. We drove home and went to bed at 2:30am. Waking up 3 hours later was hard but we headed to the airport. Here we were met by surprised Delta agents. Apparently, there was no 8:00am flight to SLC. The flight had been canceled and orbitz had not informed us of the change. We asked about the passport...Lily would not be flying to Canada. Again we found ourselves in the car driving to Canada. The good news? - Orbitz gave us a full refund due to their misinformation.
The drive turned out to be a good thing. I forgot how much fun road trips are. When flying I just pick up my book and zone out. In a car I get car sick if I read, so instead we talk. It was a much needed chance to talk without the distraction of TV, Internet, house work, or kids. Lets not forget, it also increases your odds of seeing wildlife. Thirteen hours later we were in Banff enjoying our comfortable hotel and watching it rain.
|That's our hotel at the top of the hill in the middle of the fog.|
And it rained and rained. Our first morning our group tour was canceled because of road closures so we went off to look for animals on our own, only to find that all the roads out of Banff were closed. We were stranded but lucky. So many towns around us were flooding. We watched the river in town splash over its banks as it rushed through town.
|Elk on the Golf Course|
|The tour of the hotel was fun but there were so many people, because of the rain, that they asked us not to take pictures so we could keep the group moving.|
|The full river from the hotel balcony during a break in the rain.|
On the drive home we had to stop and see some of Banff. The Rocky Mountains and glacial lakes are so amazing.