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Stubachtal is a valley and consists mainly of grasslands. It's rather spacely populated, with 34 inhabitants per square kilometer.
We did not have any specific location in mind, but we wanted to see those grasslands and simply put "Stubachtal" into Google Map, imported
location into GPS and it drove to wherever it was going to guide us to.
It brought us to a place where the road goes to the top of a hill with something looking like farm there. We did not want to invade the privacy of people leaving there and did not go to the very top of the road.
The view from the place where we parked gives a good impression about those grasslands and it also seems to be a complete true about population density.
One week in Drake Bay - this was our plan for end of February 2020. A year before, in January 2019, we explored another side of Osa Peninsula (Puerto Jimenez), and we liked it. "Wild life everywhere" statement of our guide Carlos was a bit of an overstatement back then, but we did see plenty of monkeys, coatis, lots of scarlet macaws and other things. At the same time, it was a comfortable stay and we hoped that Drake Bay would be even more exciting. Day 1: one night stay in Jaco It's a long drive from San Jose to Drake Bay, and the last leg of the road can be done only with 4x4, so we decided not to drive all way through at the 1st day because crossing rivers in darkness can be challenging, but to stay one night in Jaco which is 1.5 hour from San Jose. We stopped at Hotel DoceLunas in Jaco and liked it very much. I suppose during weekend it may be busy, but we were lucky to be there on working day, and everything was just nice and quiet: reception,
Lake Louise Inn The Weather network was trying to scare us all week long, but the 1st and only bad day in fact was our day at Lake Louise. We woke up with the news that it's gonna be 30 cm of snow today, and it seemed to be true once we looked through the window. Svetlana did not feel very well, and we decided to take advantage of the nice hotel room and wait it out. As a matter of fact, we actually consider ourselves lucky with the weather during this trip, because apparently heavy snow storms and road closures are very usual thing for Banff and Lake Louise in the beginning of June. This time it was only this one questionable day, but even this day wasn't actually that bad because after 3PM the snow finally stopped, and we decided to try to complete our Lake Louise program at least to as much as possible extent. Morain Lake It was already deep afternoon, and as we kind of already took a brief look at the Lake Louise yesterday, we decided to re-prioritize and
Day 3 - Banff The plan for the next full day in Banff was to take Minnewanka Lake Cruise, which was the second adventure we purchased from Pursuit. As early birds, we again had some spare time before 10AM, when the first cruise board departs, and decided to make a few stops on the scenic route on our way to the marina. The first one, with a little bit of detour, was Johnson Lake. Johnson Lake Early in the morning, when there are no crowds yet, Johnson Lake is very secluded. There is a hiking trail going around the lake with plenty of nice views and some very busy wild life but we thought that we didn't have much time and had only a brief walk not very far from the parking lot because expected to see more on the next couple of stops before the departure. Two Jacks Lake Next stop was Two Jacks Lake and we were surprised that even early in the morning it was already rather crowded. At 8:30AM people were unloading kayaks, bags and boxes with food, coolers wit