Back in June, I had the opportunity to cross the border for a hiking/camping adventure with three girlfriends. Here are some facts about our trip in the form of a “top 10”:
10 – Quality Hikes (jaw-dropping mountains, glaciers, lakes and waterfalls abound)
9 – Days Travel (yes, I left my two men behind sadly)
8 – Bears (no grizzlies through-bummer!)
7 – PM campfires (lots of s’mores, hobo dinners and hotdogs)
6 – AM leaving campground (we like to beat the crowds)
5 – Girls (do the math 🙂)
4 – Sleeping Bags (chilly mountain nights)
3 – National Parks (Jasper, Banff, Yoho)
2 – Tents (roomy sleepers)
1 – Really Full Ford Escape (sunroof included)
I was also blessed on this trip to learn something about each of my travel buddies. Hannah is a passionate glacier student – and we even saw and heard a chunk of glacier fall off right in front of us one morning. Jen loves waterfalls and the thrill of a good hike – we had ample of both. Kim dominated her sunroof time and conquered fears and new experiences on her hikes – including a few hikes and rock sitting near the edge of the mountainside.
But the one thing we all shared (besides lots of silliness, loads of laughter and maybe appearing like a bunch of college gals on summer break at times) is a tremendous awe of the indescribable beauty around us. It was truly amazing and quite honestly, hard to describe.
What I will say though, is that if you are thinking of traveling to those parks, take some time to enjoy the hikes off the Icefield Parkway. If you hike past the crowds, you will be awarded with views of sights alone that will make you speechless as you stop in your tracks and stare.
“Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” Revelation 4:11