A Smoky Expedition

Updated: Nov 8, 2020


Day 7- The next few days flew by in a literal haze. We traveled from Waterton Lakes National Park up into Kananaskis Country where we camped for our second night. This drive was also extremely long with very few gas stations in between!


The mountains soared high above our heads and even the smoke couldn’t take away from their beauty! A week into our adventure we were beginning to feel the tension any road trip is bound to bring out. If you ever go on an extended road-trip with your best friend, wait until you know them well enough to give them space when they need it and be there for a hug when their ready to love you again! 8 hours a day in a car with anyone is bound to be stressful! Bring entertainment!


In the meantime, we were surrounded by the glory of a world we’d never truly seen before! Water could be clear, milky white, jade or emerald green and the air grew thicker with stinging smoke.


Day 8- We traveled through Kananaskis Country past Calgary to Banff and Yoho National Parks. It was at this point that we decided not to travel any further north because of not one but three fires barring our way! Instead, we camped in Yoho National Park and hiked to see the second tallest waterfall in Canada: Takakkaw Falls! The hike was beautiful but the smoke was starting to get pretty obnoxious. That night was probably the worst night we had camping in Canada. The wind made it its mission to bring down our tent on our heads and the cold came in with the ferocity of late Autumn! I can’t say that I wasn’t happy to be pointing the nose of our car south and homeward once more!


Day 9- We woke up pretty early this morning and ate breakfast quickly. This would be the day we spent most of our time sightseeing in Banff National Park. We visited Emerald Lake, Lake Louise, and a Natural Bridge before heading back to our second favorite campsite in Kananaskis Country. We thought about going into Calgary but thought better of it when we could barely make it past the first round-a-bout to get to the gas station 🙂 It was very nice to get away from sad and smoky north of the day before!


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