I am still nursing a vacation hangover from coming back from our trip from Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. The scenery was some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen! We hiked hard every single day, which wasn’t easy given the altitude, but every hard hike was SO worth it!
On day one, Daniel and I got into Calgary in the afternoon, we picked up the rental car, checked into our hotel, made a stop at Cabela’s for some bear mace, then went into the city for a little exploring. Daniel and I are not city people and we don’t do super well with crowds for an extended period of time, so we tried to find a little neature in the city, but stumbled upon this awesome CANADA 150 sign! We always knew that Banff National Park was on our list of places to go, but when we found out (thanks to www.boptheblog.com) that it was Canada’s 150th birthday this year and that all the national parks were free, we made it a priority to hit it in 2017. So stumbling upon this sign was pretty neat.
Later on we picked up his best friend, Taylor, and Taylor’s girlfriend, Kelsey, from the airport and so ensued the most epic weeklong double date ever.
On Sunday, we got up, hit the grocery store, and starting heading out to Banff. It doesn’t take long before you are smacked in the face with some of the most gorgeous mountains on the planet. We couldn’t check into our campsite until later in the afternoon so we stopped in the town of Banff to be tourists for a while. We had lunch, people watched, and picked up a couple souvenirs. Wasn’t long before we were itching to get out of town and away from all the people. We loaded back up and headed out to our campsite.
We checked into our campsite which was nestled in a forest in Johnston Canyon and had MUCH less people, just what we came for. We set up our tents, arranged all of our stuff (check my last post for the camping mats we went with), and decided to find our first hike.
The nearest hike was the Ink Pots Hiking Trail in Johnston Canyon. The first portion of the trail is LOADED with people. It is really family friendly on that hike so I can see why. It gives you stunning views with minimal effort. We found a couple waterfalls but decided to keep going up and up for a few kilometers and I am so glad we did! The harder the hike gets the fewer people there are! We got to the top of the Ink Pots Hiking Trail and we got our first taste of the glory that hiking these mountains has to offer.
We sat up there for a while just taking it all in. Listening to the rushing water, looking at these giant mountains, breathing the freshest air on earth. I don’t think a person could be more content then we were up there. We eventually headed back down and made it to our campsite where we had our first campfire dinner, played hearts and CatchPhrase, and had our first night in the tent. More to come in future posts about the rest of our Canadian adventures!
Anywho, it’s the end of June and I still haven’t posted a freebie for you guys! Ah! Time has been going by so fast lately! Since I am all about that mountain life I made a little freebie for you so that you can be all about that mountain life too. Head to the Freebies page to get access to the entire freebie library including this months little beauty. Thanks so much for reading and happy exploring!