FIDDLE RIVER

August 1, 2008

After arriving in town we tried to make reservations at Andy’s Bistro but they didn’t have an opening. So our second choice was Fiddle River. I’m so glad we went here. I loved the restaurant and the menu was unique. We ordered the Moroccan Dates stuffed with feta cheese as an appetizer. These were actually really good. Rabbit Stew ($26) for Sean and the Vienna Schnitzel ($23) for me. I had a beer ($5) and Sean had a Martini ($7). Cheesecake for dessert ($8.50). The Schnitzel was good but I had it at the Chateau in Lake Louise and it was better so this was a little disappointing. Sean loved the rabbit stew. It was so nice to walk to the hotel from the restaurant after the 20 minutes from Moraine Lake.

Recipe for Amaretto Martini:
1/2 vodka
1/2 amaretto
lemon concentrate
sugar as needed


WHITEWATER RAFTING

July 30, 2008

We are driving to the whitewater rafting place and need to be there by 1 PM. We always have to add 20 minutes to our driving time since we are staying off the beaten track at Moraine Lake Lodge. We left about noon. Lunch was provided, hamburgers or chicken sandwich, potato salad, macaroni salad, and cake for dessert. Water and iced tea was available too.

Our tour was the Ultimate Whitewater Adventure ($149 pp) where we raft the whole river, 27km. About 3 hours on the river. The location was near the other rafting company but Hydra has access directly to the river (no driving to an access point). There was a lunch area with picnic tables and the food was good. There was a community changing room and bathrooms. That setup was pretty much the same as the Wild Water Rafting company.  

The next time we go rafting I would bring a backpack for me and one for Sean (separate changing areas). Dry under clothes. Warm clothes to change into if it’s cold outside. Towels. Comb and headband and hat to pull wet hair back. Water for dehydration and granola bars for hunger. Long afternoon.

I liked our guide Brian. He was raised in Ann Arbor, MI and moved around a bit. He studied at U of Michigan, Amer. Literature. Lives in Golden. Our raft had seven – 3 Germans, 2 Swiss and 2 from Chicago. We did the whole river – upper, middle and lower. This trip was really fun. I always get nervous being out so long, not knowing what will happen, etc. but this was a really great experience.

I was really cold, the temperature outside was around 50-60 degrees and overcast. Some rain, a little sun. The water about 40 degrees. The scenery was gorgeous and rapids were super fun! It would be nice to have a waterproof camera to take along for pictures, but you would need to strap it on somehow so it didn’t fall in the water.

I liked Hydra better than Wild Water because we didn’t have to keep getting down in the boat every time a wave hit and I liked that the guides sat in the back rather than the middle. I was able to see the whole way.

At the end of the tour, we were allowed to float in the water, which I did, and really liked it! It was about 30 minutes drive back to base. Sean didn’t feel well after the rafting – diabetes, dehydration, allergies – we got back to the room around 7 PM (12:00 PM -7:00 PM is a long day).


FAIRMONT CHATEAU LAKE LOUISE

July 29, 2008

I wanted to do some hiking at the Chateau. We missed out on this last year cuz Sean was on the phone the whole time. The two guys we met on our hike to Consolation Lake yesterday mentioned the Tea House wasn’t really worth the hike. I figured we could walk around Lake Louise and see if we felt like doing more.

We had lunch at the Glacier Saloon. We sat outside but the sky clouded up and it got a bit chilly. Especially since I had worn lighter clothes. I ate a really yummy BBQ pork sandwich ($17) which included fries. Sean had a beef sandwich which I thought was ok ($23). He requested onion rings with his meal. The fries were ok but the onion rings were really good. Lightly battered and fried to crisp. I had a beer ($9) that was a white ale – not sure of the name – but very good and served with an orange slice. We had spring rolls as an appetizer ($15) although good, we liked the duck spring rolls at Moraine Lake a little better.

We never did walk the lake. There were too many people and I was feeling weird and just wanted to get back to the hotel. On our way back, we checked out the menus of a few other hotels including the Post Hotel (we ate here in 2007 and it was fabulous); The Train Station and Lake Louise Inn (Timberwolf Pizza & Legends). No new restaurants in the area.

We had eaten at the Timberwolf Pizza in 2007. It’s a bit less expensive and a nice break from the more ritzy hotels. There are kids and families, pizza and beer, very casual and ok food.

For recommendations from the Chateau Lake Louise.