It’s amazing how a few photos can inspire travel. I’m guilty of having that Pinterest board that contains dozens of Pins of places I want to go – yet at what point does the dream become a reality for many of these destinations?
In the case of Banff – in virtually no time, when you’ve got a sister hell bent on going and a locale that is actually easily accessible. I hadn’t even heard of Banff National Park (or even ventured into Canada for that matter!) until Rachie sent a draw-droppingly beautiful snap of one its lakes. Not only did Banff immediately go onto the Pinterest board, but thanks to her persistence, it also landed on this year’s travel itinerary. It didn’t take her long to assemble our crew:
Technically, this is an international trip (cue the usual travel snafus), but one of the easiest kind – Calgary is just a three hour flight from Phoenix or Chicago, Banff is an hour and a half further, and you can absolutely get much of your to-do/must-see list done in a long weekend. Everyone speaks English, they drive automatic cars on the right side of the road, and they accept American dollars. Easy, easy.
The only thing that threw us for a loop was the weather. Our dose of Canadian fresh air came with unseasonably cold temps and heavy fog, which transformed every one of those gorgeous views we had been craving for months into a big white canvas. ZERO views to be had. Good thing Canadians make the BEST Bloody Mary’s to help put a positive spin on things. Called Caesars, they’re made with vodka and Clamato, which is a blend of tomato juice and clam broth. They’re lighter, tangier and unquestionably put Canada ahead in the midday drinks department.
Afternoon rain gave way to a magical, Christmas-like snowy scene in town that evening, and after an eventful night out, we awoke the next morning to clearer skies.
Seeing those Canadian Rockies had us hopeful for more good things to come…