We first visited Kicking Horse Pass while we were still students in 1963. We gathered all such camping equipment as we had, bundled it into our little old Volkswagen beetle and set off from Toronto, Canada to see the Rockies. After about 5 days driving we arrived at Yoho National Park close to Banff. Kicking Horse Pass is located on the continental Divide between Alberta and British Columbia. (Banff B.C. and Yoho National Park.) It is over 5,000 feet high and the Canadian National Railway makes its journey west through this pass. Today there are two spiral tunnel through which the train has to pass to gently lower the gradient and to make less trouble for the trains.
(Courtesy of Wikipedia)
In fact a few years later we took the trip from Minnesota driving west to the coast with our two children, then five and three years old, in our very small red mustang and then all the way down Hwy 101 to San Diego and back via New Mexico. Now that was an adventure in a class of its own! Try viewing the Grand Canyon with a hyperactive five year old ("...back in the car NOW!") ...and a three year old who'd picked up a tummy bug!
But back to Kicking Horse Pass. How did it get its name? Well apparently, a member of the exploratory expedition named James Hector, who was a naturalist, a geologist and a surgeon, was kicked by by his horse at that spot. So the event was memorialized by naming the pass and the river "Kicking Horse". Such embarrassments get passed down in history. (They are still probably laughing today at that prim English girl who didn't know how to pronounce Dubuque. )
******Our trip to Kauai is only a few weeks away, so more excitement is in store for our family. This time we are taking my sister with us.
It will be her first visit to the islands. We purchased a time share there about ten years ago, and it has been one of the best things we've done. We took our sons with us a couple of years ago and now "Kaybee". Couldn't do all these visits without the benefits of Barry's mileage plus program.
Afternoon Coffee Break
Lush tropical greenery
Can't swim, but love the water.
Living area - very comfortable
Thanksgiving Dinner at Gaylord's
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