Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Back Home...Tired but Happy.....

 We got home from our trip late Saturday night and have been playing 'catch up' since. It's tough adjusting back to reality after experiencing the majesty of the Canadian Rockies for 10days.....not to mention sleep deprivation!!! We had to be at the airport, both ways, by 4:00AM; that meant getting up at 3:00AM!

This post will be a synopsis of our trip, as I got little to no stitching done, so if you're not in to that, feel free to pass. Our trip began in Vancouver where the temps were in the 70's!!! I had planned on much cooler temps. This is downtown Vancouver with Canada Place as a backdrop. The city is very modern and VERY clean!!! We were quite impressed. 

We had a bus tour of the city and stopped at Stanley Park for a peek at some lovely gardens and views of the city.

 Then it was on to the train...oh boy!!! I was initially disappointed that we weren't on the train the whole trip, BUT, after one night of uncontrollable giggles, one night was quite enough!!! It was an experience, and I'm so glad we had it, but the compartment is soooooo tiny, it really was hard to even get dressed. Poor Rich took the top bunk and struggled to even get in it. He got up early, climbed down and crawled in next to me, begging repeatedly to "please don't make me go back up there"!!! We were laughing so hard, we were crying!!! It was FUN, but so happy to stay in hotels after.

There was about a foot between that ladder and the wall.

First stop after the train was Jasper...what a lovely town.....we saw our first elk right across the street from our hotel. We took a cruise on Maligne Lake.

 And a raft ride down the Athabasca River.

That's us on the left front. 


We had the best tour guide, who really wanted us to have  a great experience. Since our train was 2 1/2 hours late getting into Jasper,  she wrangled us free trips on the Jasper Sky Tram. We were anxious about the ride, but we DID it and I'm proud of us!

 The next morning we were off to Lake Louise with a stop at the Athabasca Glacier.

Now we're getting some cooler temps!

What we rode in to the glacier. At one point we had to go up/down a road on a 32 degree angle...very steep!!!

Here I am filling my water bottle with glacial water.....sadly it tasted like smoke due to the wildfires there in Canada.  

Shot of glacier at a distance; it has and is receding rapidly.

We switched things up due to impending bad weather and visited Moraine Lake on our way to Chateau Lake Louise.

The colors of the waters is don't show the richness of blue. Evidently the minerals that are deposited in the waters reflect all colors but blue/green, so the waters take on a turquoise cast.

What can I say about the Chateau Lake Louise....sumptuous!!! We had a fantastic meal there and the!!!
The Chateau at Lake Louise

View from hotel

Walking trail around Lake Louise


From Lake Louise to Banff. This is where we had the most free time to explore on our own. We had a picnic lunch in a park, visited a museum about the indigenous people, the Stoney Nakodas (more about that in a future post), and walked the downtown shopping area. 

Looking into downtown Banff
The Banff Springs Hotel from Surprise Corner

More elk sightings down the hill from the hotel

We spent two nights in Banff, then on to our final stop in Calgary, with a stop in the charming town of Canmore followed by a visit to Boundary Ranch for a delicious steak need for dinner after that!!!

 Our last two nights were spent in Calgary....another vibrant city. Our final night with the tour (we stayed an extra night) was spent with a dinner at Heritage Park and entrance to Gasoline Alley...a spectacular display of restored classic cars. The guys were in heaven!!!



Our extra day was spent walking the streets of Calgary.  We walked to Fort Calgary and past the main public beautiful!

Stock photo from library website

I loved the "bobbing" birds!

Video didn't turn out well, but these "bobbed" up and down

 We wound our way through the maze of the Plus15 Skyway, which are walkways between buildings where you are protected from the weather. 

 Design for Movement

Even the manhole covers were cool!


We put in over 22000 steps this day, as well as two other days on our trip...lots of walking despite riding on the bus between stops.

The Calgary Tower was right across the street from our hotel.

Overall, we were very impressed with was clean, welcoming,  multi-cultural and eco-friendly. The scenery was don't do it justice. I will end with a couple shots of the wonderful flowers that were in every bright and vibrant...and our traveling brother and sister-in-law.

Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of is good to be home!!!



  1. What a wonderful time you had, you certainly have the photos to prove it! You made some amazing memories to treasure.

  2. Sounds/looks like a fantastic trip! So glad you had a great time. A similar trip is on my bucket list.

    1. Thanks...hope you check it off your bucket list sooner rather than later!

  3. Oh wow, what a lovely trip. Nice to read you had a good time. The photos bring back good memories when I did the trip 10 years ago. Thanks.
    Warm greetings, Gabi

    1. Thanks is a majestic place! Glad you could experience it too!

  4. Your pictures are fantastic Stasi.
    It looks like a beautiful place.
    Glad you had a great time.

  5. Oh Stasi, your photos have brought back so many memories of my trip there in 2002 (was it really 21 years ago) I knew you would have a wonderful time, but as you say, so much walking. Worth every step though, right!

  6. Stasi, I so enjoyed your pictures from your trip. Thank you for taking us along as you explored. It looks like a wonderful time was had.

  7. Ditto what Robin said! Beautiful pictures!

  8. Third times a charm--I've been trying to comment on your blog for three days, Stasi and it finally let me today! Not sure what the issue is, but I've had other folks tell me they are having trouble commenting on mine, too.

    Anyway--wow! I definitely need to book a trip like this. How wonderful that you got to see this beautiful part of Canada before it is totally changed due to climate change. Was it a group tour or something you arranged yourselves? Love the photo of you bending to get the glacier water and the colors in the lake looks unreal. So glad you are home safely! ♥

  9. What an amazing trip, Stasi! Thanks for sharing 🤗❤️