Banff National Park

By February 24, 2016 blog, Hiking, landscapes, Photography, Travel
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So it has once again been a while since I have written. Still can’t believe how slack I have been about getting these pictures posted. Trying to turn a new leaf here and get the rest of them up, so we can move on to my awesome new home in Denver, CO. After driving through the Icefields parkway I landed in Banff National Park, specifically Lake Louise. I had booked my campsite at Lake Louise almost 5 months in advance. Unfortunately it rained almost the entire time I was there, leaving my birthday week in a misty haze.

Lake Louise is one of the most photographed spots in the world, especially with the rise of Instagram. The water here is riddled with glacier rock deposits, giving it the amazing teal color. The color on these pictures has hardly been edited, the water is just that stunning.

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Me on my 25th birthday! One fourth of a century old. Took a hike to the tea houses around Lake Louise in the pouring down rain.

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There are two tea houses that you are able to hike to from the base of Lake Louise. Once again I think I did the trail backwards, completing the “Tea House Challenge” hiking to both tea houses around the lake in one day. I reached the Plain of Six Glaciers tea house first, and unfortunately realized I needed to have cash on me to purchase anything. I sat for a minute and then headed to Lake Agnes Tea House. The pretty open hike left me soaking wet, I took my time sitting underneath the wooden beams, relishing in my birthday and being alone. As someone who has always had massive parties and tons of people around for my birthday’s this was quite a change. A subtle days passing with no crazy fan fare. However while I sat at the tea house and ate cake (which was awesome for being four miles out), I happened to mention to a family who sat near that it was my birthday, hence the cake. Like most of the wonderful Canadians I met, they were overly friendly and doted on me like I was part of their family, even going so far as to sing me Happy Birthday.

 

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One of the women who ran the Tea House, heard of my trip and said “I love it, a woman of the 21st century with mass independence.” Im not sure there was a nicer thing said on the whole trip. I still think about those words and know that I am able to accomplish anything. Happy 25th to me.

Right outside of the town of Banff is Vermillion Lakes, which offer up these amazing views seen in the next couple pictures. The Canadian Rockies may not be as high in altitude as the Colorado Rockies, but their verticality is like none other. It seems these mountains shoot straight up out of the earth.

 

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And then of course located right beside Lake Louise is Moraine Lake, another stunning drop of sheer rock faces into stunning blue-green waters. Both lakes are known for their picturesque brightly colored canoes that create the color contrast of a photographer’s dreams.

 

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A semi-sunny Lake Louise

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Everywhere you drive around Banff offers another view and another jaw dropping moment. This next picture was just taken alongside of the highway. It is a hard place to keep your eyes on the road.

 

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Even the decay creates stunning color palettes.

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One morning I was tempted to drive back up part of the parkway. Along the way I ran into this wonderful still lake, just waking up to the morning sun.

 

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Moraine Lake is a place you can’t just go to once. Unfortunately during the summer there are hiking restrictions due to bear activity. You must hike in groups of at least two, recommended four people to help produce noise so the bears are aware of your presence. This was one of the only bummers about being by myself.

 

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Its been six months, I would like to go back now.

in love,

Josie

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