More Canada Photos… Long overdue…

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One of the “must-do’s” on my list for Canada was take a helicopter tour of the Rockies, and it did not disappoint.  We got to see an up close and personal view of the Three Sisters, we landed in a valley with spectacular views of the surrounding Banff National Park, and we got to see a birds eye view of a huge glacier! This experience was amazing.  Just, amazing.

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As we were driving through the Bow Valley Parkway there were lots of fun places to stop and sightsee and take some selfies.  Who am I kidding, the whole trip was so picturesque, I took way more pictures than I could ever put on this blog…

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Another awesome thing we did was hike up to the lookout on Castle Mountain.  This was probably one of the scariest days of my life as after 3 hours of hiking, we were finally making it to the clearing at the top for the incredible view, when we hear the deepest, throatiest (if that’s a word), most “don’t mess with me, I will eat you!!” growl ever!!!  And…. we didn’t take bear spray like the gentleman at the hotel told us to… yes, we FaceTimed our families at the top of that mountain because we thought it was our last moments on earth.  Seriously…

On a less scary note, this moment, on top of this mountain will always be one of the most memorable.  It was stunningly beautiful.  If you are in the Banff area, check this out, you won’t regret it.

 Here’s a video of a stream of melting snow we had to cross to continue up the mountain.  It was by far the toughest hike I have ever done.

Thank you, Canada, for a wonderful anniversary trip!  We cannot wait to visit again soon!


Canada Anniversary Trip :: Day 1

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Lake Louise :: Holy moly!  This place was magical!  It was seriously a winter wonderland, something straight out of a disney movie!  Or The Revenant, which was partially filmed in the Rockies… but I will talk about that more in a future post because we actually went hiking in a spot that was in the movie.  For now though, I want to focus on the little slice of heaven from our pics above, Lake Louise.  During the winter everything is covered in beautiful white snow, but I hear (and see from the internet) that during the summer when the ice melts, this lake is the most breathtakingly beautiful blue color, and surrounded by the mountains… oh my!

Driving in on Wednesday night, you really couldn’t see a whole lot.  It was actually quite scary seeing signs warning of Elk crossing, and BEARS!!  The light from the full moon was only highlighting the tips of the mountains which surrounded us on both sides, but that was it, no other light source and really no towns or even gas stations in sight!

We stayed at the Fairmont Chateau (you can see it in the background of one of the pics above) and couldn’t have dreamed of a more wonderful hotel.  Everything was superb, absolute perfection.  I never wanted to leave!  And the view from our room… just look at the first picture on this post.

I can’t wait to show you more from the trip, but with an almost ONE year old getting into everything, it’s going to take me some time, so hang in there and I will post them as soon as I can!