Feels like the first day of school

Today was all about getting set up at the Banff Centre – studio keys, discovering the dining hall (amazing view of the valley, across the river from Banff Springs Hotel!), getting the boxes out of my car and into the studio. I also drove over to the Sawback prescribed burn on the Bow Valley Parkway and froze my fingers within 20 minutes.

My Room
My room in Lloyd Hall
The dining hall, gym, rock climbing wall etc.

The recreation building, dining, pool, rock climbing, etc. Mt Rundle in the background, I think.

My giant empty studio in Gloyd Hall
My giant empty studio in Glyde Hall

On the road to a Self-Directed Banff Artist-in-Residence

Packed Van
Ready to go 650 miles

Here is the van full of ski gear, clothes and art supplies.

Left Seattle yesterday at 7:15am in partial cloud, drove through many small squalls and several snow storms. Stopped first for gas in Arlington WA, then Kamloops BC,  and Salmon Arm BC and Golden BC . Arrived in Banff AB at 7:15 Seattle time, 8:15pm  Mountain time, 12 hours of driving with only a few fast food stops.

No big bands of snow geese and swans, but a few stragglers in the Skagit, more along the Fraser. Beautiful half-sun, half-storm light in the Chilliwack. Snow level near Sedro Woolley about 1000 feet, higher in the inland BC plateau.

Bad driving over the Coquihalla, the rest comparatively easy. Thank goodness for those great snow tires! Not sure whether I was the leader or the “parade-maker” going over the Coquihalla, but perhaps the former since no one blew right by me once the roads were in better shape.

Listened most of the way to The Borrowers by Rebecca Makkai, a wry story about a young librarian and a 10-year-old patron. Haven’t heard the end yet, but very enjoyable. She lovingly parodies many great children’s books while remaining thoroughly adult.

I remember most of what you can see from the Rogers Pass road, driving in the dark, but nothing about Golden to Banff. Which is perhaps just as well, since I do remember Kicking Horse Canyon as intimidating in the daylight.