Today I am grateful for where we live.
We are lucky enough to live so close to one of the most majestic and awe-inspiring mountain ranges in the world…the Rocky Mountains.
Shamefully, we don’t get out to enjoy them enough!
But yesterday we packed a lunch and packed the kids into the truck
then headed out to spend the day in Banff.
We are greeted by this amazing view!
So beautiful and humbling.
River valleys where all you can hear are ravens clicking,
wind blowing, and water flowing.
Soul soothing I tell you!
One of my most favourite places to visit in Banff
(and stay at if you are lucky),
is the Banff Springs Hotel.
There is something so magical about this place.
Maybe it has something to do with the fact that this hotel opened in 1888,
so it is teeming with beautiful furniture, art and decore.
Not to mention all the history and stories that come with a hotel this old.
You can even take a ghost tour…on my list of things to do…
The kids were especially fascinated by the idea of this!
Even the bathrooms are gorgeous!
Stained glass windows when you tinkle!
There’s so much beauty on the ceilings too!
And fireplaces in sitting rooms and ball rooms
that make you feel like you are in Hogwarts!
Where’s floo powder when you need it?!
After our self-guided tour through the hotel we headed into the townsite
for most delicious snack ever. Honestly, this dessert is my ultimate treat.
It’s called the Beaver Tail.
Pure deep-fried dough-y heaven. I get mine sprinkled with cinnamon & sugar, and the kids had theirs smothered in Nutella & Bananas, and Apples & Cinnamon.
An awesome indulgence!
And alas, it was time to go home…
Even the drive home is stunning!
See the white tailed deer off in the distance (to the left)!
It was a fabulous day!
So, I will leave you with this Apache Blessing I saw in our travels yesterday…
…it kind of summed up our day.
I thought it was so beautiful!
Have a great day!