Two days after we safely landed at the Windsor airport and crossed the border back to Michigan through the tunnel, one question comes to my mind as I begin to collate the happenings of my past few days. “Why didn’t I do this sooner?”.
Everyone who gets to see the Canadian Rockies will agree that the most beautiful stretch of this long mountain range lies in Canada. The rock formations and the general landscape of this humongous range varies so much between BC and New Mexico, yet somehow the stretch in Canada, especially in the Alberta region by far as the highest density of glacier, fresh lake formations, which when combined with beautiful crevasses and crevices, fir and spruce trees, provide the most picturesque capture for a camera hungry traveler or the near perfect challenge for the adrenalin junkie who wants to bike, hike, ski or climb. For a recreational traveler, this may not be the ideal place but still you will enjoy a ride on the gondola (not the Venetian inference here) as you whistle past valleys or when you take a relaxing boat cruise on blue/green/turquoise/aqua water.
We did our share of hikes – almost 5-6 a day for the entire duration we stayed. The shortest one being a km while the longest hike being about 11 km. The most adventurous being the one when we underestimated a trail and ended up scaring a 7 year old with thunderstorms and with a close encounter with Caribous. Looking back, we are proud that as a seven year old, he got to experience what very few boys of his age would ever get to do. More importantly, our attempt was really to show the real world which is far different from the make believe world where we live in for 300 odd days every year. We have been successful in doing this since our son has been 2 months old. A trip every year to the wilderness for as long as we could afford. And we hope to keep this up as long as we can, not just for him but also for us. It is an energizing experience to say the least.
Here are some snapshots that may give a feel for what is hidden behind this natural treasure.