Southbound on the Icefields Parkway

Finally, the time had come, we were on the last day of our first Canadian adventure. We’d seen some truly remarkable places and were already hoping to return, but there was one more stretch of road to cover. We don’t usually take out-and-back routes on our trips, but when you get to see one of Read more about Southbound on the Icefields Parkway[…]

Jasper and the Icefields Parkway

Our short time in Banff had come to an end and the next stage of our adventure was about to begin! The Icefields Parkway begins just North of Lake Louise and there are a couple things you need to keep in mind if you plan to take this route. First, services are extremely limited, there Read more about Jasper and the Icefields Parkway[…]

Exploring Banff

On our second day in Banff we had less of a plan for what we were going to do. But, after the less than ideal nature of our visit to Moraine Lake and Lake Louise the day before, we thought we’d get an earlier start and maybe beat the crowds. We grabbed breakfast at our Read more about Exploring Banff[…]

In Pursuit of Banff’s Lakes

Once we’d officially arrived in Banff National Park, it was hard not to stop at every pull out along the road. I’ve been through the American Rockies, although not all of them, but the Canadian Rockies just seemed so much more imposing as you drive along the Trans-Canada Highway. Everywhere you look there are beautiful Read more about In Pursuit of Banff’s Lakes[…]

Getting to Banff

What  a week it has been! I’d hoped to write some while traveling on our most recent trip, but by the time the day’s adventures were done, I just didn’t have it in me. Perhaps it’s because I’m not as young and energetic as I once was, or perhaps it was something to do with Read more about Getting to Banff[…]

Going the extra mile… or three

This past October, my wife and I needed a break. She had just completed a very stressful two month rotation at school and it was no walk in the park for the rest of the family either. During this same time, my step-father passed away after a battle with cancer. His passing was sudden and unexpected. It was one of those moments where you take stock of your situation and consider a great many things.

We knew that after her rotation we would like to take some time to get away and unwind, but during the lead up to our break, we nearly scrapped our plans to take a trip for a variety of reasons. After my step-father’s passing, we decided that we needed to go. Life is just too short to let some  things stand in your way of enjoying it.

So, with the weight of the situation on us, we decided that we would take our trip. After deciding on a few of the details, our flight was booked, rental car was reserved and bags were packed. This trip was one that we had been hoping to take for several years. Going back to over three years ago, when we were beat by the sunset to Arches National Park. […]

The Mountains are Calling

Most people this day and age are sure to appreciate the numerous amenities that cities have come to provide for us, but there are times where I really wish I lived further from them. It seems that much of city life, and in fact modern living in general, seeks to separate us not just from Read more about The Mountains are Calling[…]