Friday, February 19, 2016

Canadian Rockies: Banff and Lake Louise

Our big trip this year did not happen. So we turned to plan B. That didn't work. And then plan C - Canadian Rockies in shoulder season. Success. Summer in the Rockies may be lovely but I cannot imagine having to deal with the crowds. There were more than enough people for my tastes as it was - in mid-October! Maybe I'm just becoming a curmudgeon.

There's a grizzly in this picture. 
No backpacking this trip, but plenty of excellent day hikes. I was itching to sleep in a tent but it'll have to wait. The weather was too iffy, and at the same time it was too late in the season for glacial travel.

Summer: a love story

It hasn't been the soul-crushing winter of yesteryear, but it's still good to remember the summer. When I think back all I see is that orange haze of evening, when everything is warm and calm and I am surrounded by my dearest friends.

The view from Katherine's bridal shower weekend

Lunch after a ride through Niagara wine country

Fourth of July in Ohio!!

More bike riding...

Watching the Pan Am games literally cycle through the city.

And seeing the Blue Jays at the beginning of their incredible run, from the comfort of my aunt and uncle's hotel room.

Climbed a mountain on my bike

And we climbed one on our feet (near Lake Placid)

Right back atcha... at Katherine's wedding

Always time for a dip!
And ending the season in style in Norfolk with more good times with Ohio folk.

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