Good morning and happy Friday my loves, today I am sharing with you guys a few little snaps of my most recent trip to Banff. Over the Thanksgiving holiday my family and I decided to forgo the big turkey dinner and instead decided on a little vacation in the heart of the rocky mountains. We decided to travel to Banff for Thanksgiving because growing up in Ontario we used to always go up to the Cottage (or Cabin for you westerners ) with the entire family. We would go for nature walks, take pictures amongst the trees and enjoy a big traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the end of the day. Since moving out west however we have been unable to continue on that tradition, so this year we came up with the idea of going to Banff in an effort to re-create the Thanksgiving of my childhood.
The weather was cold and windy, and I must admit I did not come prepared for the frigid temperatures ( I only packed a few sweaters and a leather jacket….brilliant idea. ) and I may or may not have had a few moments of grumpiness because of the cold, but overall I had a wonderful trip. Going to Banff definitely brought back the memories of traveling up to the cottage on Thanksgiving and how can you not have an amazing time when you are surrounded with so much natural beauty?!
These photos were taken up on Sulfur Mountain. It was my first time riding the gondola and my first time actually up on a mountain! It has an absolutely breathtaking view and part way through our time up there it started to snow!! My first snowfall of the year was on Thanksgiving day up on a mountain! How cool?
Oh and meet my friends: Basil the Burrowing Owl and Sarah the Golden Eagle. Now I know that these photos are not the highest quality but I just wanted to share this amazing experience I had while staying at The Rimrock Resort Hotel. For the Thanksgiving weekend the hotel had a few birds of prey from a local rescue organization staying with them. I never thought I would have been able to hold such an amazing animal, Sarah ( the Golden Eagle ) was extremely intimidating ( I mean do you see the ice pick she has for a beak?! ) but I was strangely calm and relaxed in her presence. Animals have a funny way of calming me down and I never feel fearful in their presence.
I had an amazing time in Banff, I only wish that my trip could have lasted longer than merely 3 days as there is so much to see and do. I hope all of my fellow Canadians had an amazing Thanksgiving weekend and I wish you all a wonderful weekend ahead.