I am sleeping in today. After two straight days of being up at 5:30 a.m., we get to sleep into 7:30 a.m. today.
We took the old highway to Banff which is a long and winding highway through Cochrane and some of the most amazing scenery ever. It’s one of our favorite drives.
The morning got off with a hitch when I forgot jackets for Jordon and I. So I went into Safeway in Banff while Jordon and Mark went shopping for a hoodie for Jordon and I. Jordon never found one he liked (and he never minds the cold like I do) but they found one for me. It is great and I was glad I got it.
We drove up the Bow Valley Parkway and got into Johnston’s Canyon early and started to hike along the amazing path. The parking lot was packed like I had never seen it before. We started out and it was slow walking along the path. Jordon used the Map My Hike app and it said that we averaged 15 minutes a kilometre. It was frustrating. So many tourists and they were a) either taking selphy’s or texting. I lost a lot of faith in humanity.
We had plans to go to the second water falls but it had rained the night before and Jordon should not have been hiking up that trail with his ankle and foot the way it was. It had rained the night before and the trail was really slick. It wasn’t good for his leg or hip and instead of pushing it too far, we made the decision to do the entire path next year.
After heading back to the car, we got in and checked out the Castle Mountain Campground where we plan to camp next summer for a week. I’ll be honest, I had looked at the campground website and didn’t pay that close of attention. When I didn’t notice any showers or washrooms, I kind of freaked. After being assured that there is washrooms (but no showers), I was okay with it.
After that we pushed up the Bow Valley Parkway while keeping a lookout for black and grizzly bears, moose, and all sorts of elk.
We got to the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (where Jordon asked me to marry him).
We had planned to hike a bit but the parking was backed up down the mountain. People were also parked 11km AWAY from Moraine Lake. It was insane how much traffic there was. We have always gone later in the season and have never had to experience the insanity of peak season.
After that we went back down the Bow Valley Parkway and stopped at a picnic area called Sawback.
Sawback had changed from when Jordon first took me there. It was a childhood favorite spot of Jordon’s and here it was totally changed. I was kind of frustrating but Jordon wandered into the bush and we followed him. He came across the most amazing babbling brook (which is why he loved it). The picnic tables had moved but the brook was right where it had always been. I was happy to be there but sad that Jordon’s mom wasn’t. She would have loved to have shared that spot with her grandkids.
Jordon has some hilarious stories of falling in to the brook and then drinking from it (he got sick). Mark decided to dip his head into it the brook. He places his hands into the ice cold glacier water and almost died. He did soak his head and kind of suffered from immediate hypothermia.
Back in Banff, we did visit the Bow Falls where not only Mark dunked himself but so did Oliver. Learning from experience is not their strong suit.
Then it was time to head over to the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. I had never been there before but Jordon grew up going to it and was really looking forward to us seeing the site. It had changed a lot since he was last there but we had fun. They had a contest for the kids on who could do the most activities there so Oliver was all over the place.
We did do some shopping but I realized by the limp that Jordon had, it was time to head back. Oliver bought an elastic band gun while Jordon bought me some moose shaped ear rings.
Then it was back to Calgary. We took Highway 1 back into the city and found ourselves back into the hotel exhausted. As the boys went to bed, Jordon and I went back down to the hotel pool.
Today we are off to Heritage Park and see how the west was once. Neither the boys or myself have never been so we are really looking forward to checking it out.