This post is not as long as the other ones about our trip to Yellowstone, but it is longer than most. Feel free to jump straight to the bottom to see the photos. But donâ€™t forget to come back later to read the story! On our third full day in Yellowstone we again decided to get up early and hit the highway instead of cooking breakfast. We went back to the gas station to buy breakfast and then headed back down the road to Hayden Valley. The scenic landscape in the valley had been so beautiful the day before, and it was so exciting to see the … Continue Reading ››
I've wanted to visit Yellowstone National Park for years (as long as I can remember really) and Louise and I have often talked about going there. Every time it came up we ended up deciding that it was a little bit too far away and too ambitious a trip. But when we had some unplanned vacation time to use up this summer, and when Louise kept telling me that she wanted to do more camping this year, the conversations kept returning to Yellowstone. We finally decided to just do it. Uncharacteristically for us, we made the decision little more than a week in advance, … Continue Reading ››
We went for a family weekend in Lake Louise and kicked it off by having a picnic lunch and going hiking in Banff on the way. We had lunch at the end of the parkway at Vermillion Lake with a nice view of Mt. Rundle in the background and a posse of Columbian Ground Squirrels nearby, and then we went for a short hike up Silvertip Creek to Silverton Falls.Â This trail is only a few kilometers away from Johnston Canyon, but it is almost unknown and doesn't see anywhere near the huge crowds that travel to … Continue Reading ››
We went out to Kananaskis to see Elbow Falls. Sadly the falls were underwhelming, crowded, and too man-made, so we went looking for a trail to hike instead. Just around the corner from the falls is a trail called the Beaver Lodge trail. Itâ€™s a lovely walk through a pretty forest and along several Beaver ponds. Not only far better than Elbow Falls, but worthy of a hike on its own merits too!