Well, it's been an interesting transition being back in Calgary. In a way, I feel like we have gone through the 7 stages of grief, and I'm not quite sure I am at the "acceptance" stage yet. Every day when you are travelling is an exciting adventure, even if you aren't really doing anything. Being back in Calgary and back to a more regular routine has made us realize how important it is to be present in the moment, and make the most of each day. Otherwise, you'll look back and think "What have I done with my time??"!
May Long weekend in Calgary is notoriously unpredictable with regards to the weather. This year was no different. We set out in search of the sunshine and warmth, and although we did not take the most efficient route, we made it!
We set out initially to do some camping along the Forestry Trunk Service Road out near Waiparous. The temperature reading on the FJ didn't budge past 4 degrees...so we kept driving, and driving, and driving. Eventually we ended up at a beautiful campsite off the highway, and had this incredible view all to ourselves!
It was a pretty cold night to say the least, and so the next morning after eating a hot breakfast and enjoying the sunrise, we ventured onwards..to Jasper!
The Canadian Rockies were putting on their best show this weekend. We transformed into full tourist mode, and couldn't help stopping multiple times along the way to take photos.
After a beautiful drive, we made it to Jasper! The last time we had been in Jasper together was in November a few years ago. It is one of those special places that just feels magical. The "Tofino of Alberta", if you will. We had breakfast in town, grabbed sandwiches from THE BEST SPOT IN TOWN, then took a little drive around and marvelled at the emerald green lakes and natural beauty.
Patricia Street Deli is a hidden gem that makes THE BEST sandwiches. It is worth the 5 hour drive just to get your hands on one of these bad boys. Do yourself a favour and get THE BIRD with cranberry chipotle curry sauce. You're welcome.
We spent the afternoon wandering along the "Valley of the Five Lakes", which is a super easy trail with BIG rewards!
There is so much to see and do in Jasper, I wish we could have stayed for a week or two!! Hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking...the list of activities is endless. But alas, the long weekend had come to an end.
On our way back to Calgary, we pulled off the road for a quick BBQ, and stumbled upon another incredible view.
We ended up driving WAY further than we had planned or expected, but we found the sunshine and 19 degree weather, and the fresh mountain air and spectacular views were absolutely worth it. 10/10 would do again.