Sunday, July 26, 2015

There and Back

Last week, the husband and I were so fortunate to go visit our neighbors to the north.
Nope...not in Oklahoma.  We went to Canada.  Alberta.  
Banff, to be exact.
And it was magical!

Everything about the trip was just wonderful.
Weather that spanned from mid 70s to sleet and snow (depending on our elevation, of course).
If you follow me on Instagram (kwiltykimknits2) or Facebook,
then you are ware of this and have probably seen several photos,
as I couldn't help but snap away and share the awesomeness that is Banff!

Some photos may be duplicates from my postings, but most are not.

 We arrived on Sunday afternoon, and first thing Monday morning, we went to Ski Louise for a gondola ride, where we had hoped to see some bear.  But nope.  Others in our party did see them, but we weren't so lucky.

The views were amazing, regardless.  It was so gorgeous!
And we caught sight of Lake Louise in the distance...
 We were so pleased to have most of the day to spend wandering around Lake Louise.
The place is magic.  There is no other word for it.


 The color of the water is beyond description.  It's fed by the glaciers,
and I need to get some paint in that color.  It was surreal.  

We stayed at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, which, if you're familiar, is similar to staying in a castle!


 Now, I could have spent a LOT more time inside, snapping photo after photo of the 
furniture and the details.  But then I would have missed all the wonderment outside!

The Bow River and Bow River Trail were just steps from the hotel.
 The sound of rushing water is always serene.  Don't you agree?

On Wednesday, we layered up with clothes and handknits, and set out toward the Columbia Icefields.
 Even the bus rides were enjoyable.  Scenery for days!

We stopped at Peyto Lake...

 Isn't it amazing!?  Shaped like a bear!
If I didn't see it with my own eyes, I would be in disbelief.
And again with that COLOR!

It was quite the change in altitude!

 We were driven out on the Athabasca Glacier.
And it was cold.
And the husband was amazed.

And it was cold.

 Did I mention it was cold?

But the fingers still worked, so I did what any knitter would do...
I whipped out my sock knitting and got a few stitches in!
 And the husband got to fill a water bottle up with
crisp, cool, glacier water.

 We were told they transport approximately 5,000 people each DAY out on to the glacier.
I believe them.
 It was amazing.  And it was cold.
And it was unbelievable how much the glacier has changed over time.
It's slowly fading away.

We headed a short distance from the glacier and walked on air.... was glass.  Not air.  But still.  We were OUT and UP there.  I only looked down briefly, and it was slightly freakish because you could feel it sway.

 I quickly snapped a couple pics and boogied to solid ground!
It was a great outing!
 And it was cold.
So cold, that even though we left the surface of the sun, we still both agreed we do not miss
winter, or ice, or cold.  

We returned home Thursday, and somehow, 
that little reprieve from the Texas summer was just perfect enough that we are once again
enjoying July in Dallas.

 Banff has a special place in my heart though.
It was truly magic!



Shelly said...

Wow! The cold comes right through your pictures. And I agree, that color is so pretty. I had read before that that hotel you stayed at is haunted. it is so beautiful there. Thanks for sharing!

Robin said...

Beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

Robin in Virginia said...

What fabulous pictures you took and shared, Kim! It looked like a wonderful adventure even though it was cold and icy. Love the color of the water!

Robin in Virginia

Vera said...

Looks like it was a fabulous trip Kim. My husband I want to go there. Your pictures are great! Glad you had such a good time.

Melody said...

What a wonderful adventure!!

Margaret said...

looks so beautiful! I think I was there as a small child, but I don't really remember it at all. Glad you had fun. It was fun seeing your pics on Instagram!

Jackie's Stitches said...

You could feel the sway?! Yikes!!!

Your photos are amazing! They made me think that I need to go there!