Back to Banff via Jasper

If you missed my previous posts on Canada and my trip with Moose Travel Network, you can catch them here:

Moose Bus West: Athabasca Tour Day 2
Moose Bus West: Athabasca Tour Day 1
Gluten Free Eats in Banff, Alberta, Canada
My First Day in Banff

At the end of the Athabasca tour, we still had an amaaaazing drive back to Banff, and I say amaaaazing because I had one of those, “Holy cow, I did that” moments. Thanks to one fearless tour guide and an encouraging group of new friends, I climbed to the top of a waterfall at Tangle Creek.

It had been raining all day and things were slippery. It was a steep climb. Rocks were wiggling around while the water flowed through them and I was nervous but determined.

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I travel for moments like that- for the feeling of being afraid, as weird as it sounds. When I made it back to the bottom of the waterfall, I washed my hands in the water and grabbed a rock. Free souvenir and a nice little reminder. 🙂 It’s currently sitting on my side table, right on top of a travel book.

Here are a few more shots from our trip around the Jasper area and from Jasper to Vancouver.

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Bear spotting!

 

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Tunnel Mountain…almost to Banff

It continued to rain for the rest of our drive and we were all pretty exhausted, but we arrived to dinner waiting for us at Samesun Banff- a gluten free Greek salad for me. Half of our tour group, about 15 dermatologists from India, said goodbye after we ate. The rest of us played trivia as a team and learned to play Touch Cup.

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Lots of beer and lots of rules

Thinking back on things, this was one of my favorite nights. I realized that English English (as opposed to American English) is much more difficult for non-native speakers to understand, especially when beer is involved. I did a bit of translating while trying to control my laughter.

We headed to Rose & Crown afterwards and closed the place down. We drank, we laughed and we met more travelers. Bliss.

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The next day, most of the group decided to hike Sulphur Mountain. I changed my mind at the last minute and decided to take some time for myself because I really wanted to soak up more of Banff before leaving the next day. #introvert

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Instead, I walked around with my camera for hours. I made some detours that I didn’t have time for upon arriving the first day. I also surprised my mom and brother, who had just arrived in town that day for a work event. I skipped the bus ride, opted for the scenic 45-minute walk over to the Fairmont Banff Springs, and called once I was standing outside.

Once I got back to the hostel, I received a text from the group letting me know they were heading to dinner. I scooped my things back up and headed over to….. Gluten free review of the restaurant here.

We all headed to bed early that night because we were leaving for Kelowna the next day. All I can say is that Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise and all surrounding and related areas absolutely bring to life one of my favorite quotes.

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