If we were having coffee, I would tell you good morning and thanks for joining me for another lovely weekend chat and WELCOME TO CANADA!It had been one hell of a busy week. Between making trips from home to the small engine shop to get the lawn mower repaired and packing for my trip to Canada as doctor’s appointment and my mother’s errands, I was exhausted by the time Thursday came along and to be honest, I almost didn’t want to go on this trip but what the hey, at least I get to get away from my mom for a while.
Anyway, after almost 12 hours of driving from home in northern Utah, my aunt and I finally reached Lethridge, Alberta, Canada late Thursday afternoon. It was surprisingly easy to go through Canadian customs, at least easier than Chinese customs between mainland China and Hong Kong. My aunt and I didn’t need to get out of the car and haul our luggage through a series of inspection and customs. We just stayed in the car while the officer checked our documents and asked a couple of questions.
When I reached the motel that night, I felt so tired yet proud of myself for enduring such a long drive but I have my thanks to my aunt for keeping me awake with her conversations and my iPod which thankfully played continuously in the car.
After a night’s rest, we hopped into the car again, this time it was my aunt’s turn to get behind the wheel since the roads here are a little more complicated than the U.S. Our next destination was Banff National Park.
After consulting with the weather experts the day before the trip, I decided to alter the itinerary. I was going to see Lake Louise first but since it’s predicted to rain, I decided we would see Banff first instead. I was quite impressed with Banff when we stopped by for lunch. It’s quite a town with just about everything from supermarkets to theaters. It’s a small town with a big city feel.
After fueling up – both stomachs and the car – we returned onto Highway 1 and found our way to Johnston Canyon 15 miles away. There, we hiked and photographed the forest, mountains, river, and waterfalls until it rained hard which got us rushing back to the car.
Today will be the third day of the trip and I am hoping to see Lake Louise and Morraine Lake. Hopefully, the weather will be good enough for me to capture some photos of the blue-green tint of the lakes.
Lastly, if we were having coffee, I would thank you for joining me and hopefully I can join you again next weekend.