Feb 26

Sat '11

Brr Banff

Rocky MountainsPeter and I are back from Banff. We had a very nice time except that, unfortunately, it was very cold. The temperature was around -26°C. But with the windchill, it felt like -39°C. We were bundled in our long underwear, winter coats, toques, mittens and scarves. xP I am so glad that we didn’t end up going skiing. It would have been so unbearable at the high altitude.

Honestly, we didn’t do very many things. We went shopping along main street and that’s about it. We had talked about taking the gondola up Sulpher Mountain to see the sights, but we didn’t. We also contemplated going to see the ice sculptures at Lake Louise, but again, we didn’t end up doing that. It was nice to just relax to tell the truth.

Dinner at Old Spaghetti FactoryWe drove down on Wednesday night. It was a little scary as it was very dark on the highway. There was a little bit of blowing snow over the road, which was fine. But then about halfway to Banff, a small snowstorm hit us and we had to slow down immensely because it was so hard to see in the dark. The road wasn’t very slippery, but the visibility was so poor. Peter did very well and the storm only lasted for about 10kms. Other than that, the trip to Banff was safe. We managed to get a nice table at the Old Spaghetti Factory for supper and then we went to check in at the resort.

Our room was very nice. It was a studio suite, so it had a double bed, a full bathroom, a “living room” with TV and a kitchen. Although we weren’t staying long enough to actually use the kitchen, it was nice to have a fridge there. The hotel even gave us an extension cord to borrow so that Peter could plug his car in overnight. Thank goodness, because I don’t think it would have started otherwise! :sick:

On Thursday morning I got up early and used the resort’s gym. I only worked out for 45 minutes, but it was better than nothing. Then we headed into town to Mcdonald’s for breakfast. It was so nice to not be in a rush to do anything. We ate our breakfast then we did the crossword in the local newspaper. We finished the entire thing together ;-) We NEVER do anything like that at home because one of us always has to rush off to go to work or do something else. By the time we left Mcdonalds, they had started serving lunch. It was so fantastic.

RCMP MooseWe spent the rest of our time hanging out in the room watching TV and playing cards. All we wanted to do was relax. That is definitely what a vacation is for!! Despite only being 2 days long, it was still relaxing. The resort had an outdoor hot tub and an indoor hot tub and whirlpool. Unfortunately we never used them, which was kind of sad. We got our bathing suits on (a bikini in my case!!!!! AH) and headed to the pool, but it was so busy, we just went back to the room. It’s so hard to relax in the hot tub when there are kids shouting and splashing. OH well.

We had a nice, relaxing time, but I am SO looking forward to our trip to Seattle, WA in a couple weeks. It will be a faster paced trip as we will spend 2 full days driving there and back. Then we are spending 4 days in Seattle shopping our hearts out!! Not much relaxing will be going on because we have so much to do and so little time. But that’s okay because we get to go shopping the the states!! YAY. Hey, does anyone know what the tax is in Washington? I have only ever been to Montana to shop and there is no tax there. :upsidedown: Also, for anyone who has visited Seattle, any good places you recommend to go to? Any good restaurants to visit? Any general tips or suggestions?

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7 Responses to “Brr Banff”

  • Georgina
    February 26, 2011 @ 10:27 pm

    I’m jealous, I would love to travel! That’s great you got to spend quality time with Peter though. The crossword thing sounds like something my boyfriend and I would do. It’s nice to spend that time with someone when you don’t usually have the time when work is going on.

    I have never been anywhere in America so I have definitely not been to Seattle. I don’t know if there are any good places to go, all I know is that the grunge rock band Nirvana was from there, and I do love them. Apparently there is a sign saying ‘Come As You Are’, named after one of their songs.

    I would like the cold weather because Australia has just been so warm lately… autumn seems like it’s coming late.

  • Cathrine
    February 27, 2011 @ 3:10 am

    That’s cold indeed! I don’t think I would have gone skiing either. It sounds lovely to just relax and play cards. We usually just watch TV / movies or play games on our computers… Maybe I should demand a day where we pretend to be on a cottage somewhere :upsidedown: I think 45 minutes workout is great when you’re on a trip like that :D (Oh, and the title of your post made me giggle when I tried to say it out loud :grin: )

  • Noelle
    February 27, 2011 @ 4:38 am

    Sounds like a great trip, although I will never get why people like snow so much they go TO the snow :P I am looking to get away from snow as much as I can haha :P

  • Jane
    February 27, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

    I am not sure how you coped in such cold temperatures. I am one of those people that are always cold, even if people around me are in shorts and t-shirts.

    I hope you have a good time in Seattle, I am hoping to visit America at some point. I am not sure where I want to visit yet but hopefully it will be a warm part such as Florida.

  • Lissy
    February 27, 2011 @ 7:39 pm

    my husband and I went to CO to visit his parents last month. He went skiing, but I pretty much stayed in side all week. It was a little boring, but it was definitely the relaxing vacation I needed. When I went back to work, I felt like I hadn’t been there in a month :D Sometimes just chilling on vacation is the best.

    Never been to Seattle. I could tell ya that sales tax in NJ is 7%, but I don’t think that helps you much :P I’m sure google knows. Google says 9.5%

  • Manda
    March 1, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

    Sounds like a lovely trip! Glad you have a good time and made it back safe.

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