When trying to figure out where to go and what to do for our anniversary, Kristen said, “Would you mind if I just planned something and surprised you?”. I love surprises and am not the greatest planner, so I jumped on it with the caveat that next year, I would do the planning.
So last Thursday, we got in the car with only a few clues and I figured out that we were heading north to Canada. Eventually we ended up at the Emerald Lake Lodge in Canada with the plan to explore some of Parks Canada. As we figured out what to do, we ended up deciding on hiking some and driving some. We hiked to Hamilton Falls and Wapta Falls. Most of the hiking was buried in snow, but the lakes, creeks, rivers and mountains were beautiful.
Driving and hiking around Yoho, Banff and Kootenay National Parks reminded me a lot of Glacier, west of the Continental Divide. The trees went high up the mountains and close to the road making road viewing primarily cliffs, avalanche chutes and whatever was okay with coming within 40 feet of the road. That being said, we saw a lot of elk, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, mule deer and whitetail deer, three black bears and, much to my giddy delight, a gray wolf (the latter of which crossed the road and disappeared faster than I could get out my camera).
All in all, a very sweet trip. Check out the photos below. I’m looking forward to another year and getting out more with my favorite hiking partner. 🙂