March in the Canadian Rockies - I love you, Alberta (Part I)

Although we were met with incredibly bad weather, the Canadian Rockies surpassed my expectations ten fold. We visited Banff for the first 3 nights, Jasper for the next 2 and ended our adventure in Kananaskis County for two nights. Our drive down the Icefields parkway from Banff to Japser was one of low visibility - heartbroken, I knew that we could try again on our 5 hour drive to Kananskis in 2 days. Well, the Parkway was closed down a day later for the next three days due to more avalanches then they had seen in a while.

Thanks to the ice climbers in Jasper who gave us a heads up -  we found another way Kananaskis - it took us nine hours and we went through just about every weather you could think of - but it was an adventure & that's more then I could ask for. 

NOT our rental - we reserved a Jeep but were given an AWD vehicle that skidded often and that I had to get unstuck multiple times

NOT our rental - we reserved a Jeep but were given an AWD vehicle that skidded often and that I had to get unstuck multiple times

Bow Valley post hike to frozen waterfalls 

Bow Valley post hike to frozen waterfalls 

Two mushers I found at the continental divide trail 

Two mushers I found at the continental divide trail 

Incredible spot in Banff 

Incredible spot in Banff 

I have a thing with Jeeps 

I have a thing with Jeeps 

This is the type of visibility we had on the Icefields Parkway... AKA "One of the top five most beautiful drives in the world."

This is the type of visibility we had on the Icefields Parkway... AKA "One of the top five most beautiful drives in the world."

Common sights in Alberta 

Common sights in Alberta 

Zero visibility 

Zero visibility 

Ice climbers in Maligne Canyon 

Ice climbers in Maligne Canyon 

Olympic Peninsula - LABOR DAY WEEKEND 2016

A long weekend? Tickets purchased!

 

We flew into Seattle and rented a Subaru (not until we returned our first choice because the seats didn't recline all the way) and took off for the Olympic Peninsula. We backpacked and camped on third beach (which we thought was second beach... that's what we get for hiking in the dark!) , explored the Hoh rainforest, saw lots of deer at Hurricane Ridge & car camped by a rushing river that we didn't know was there until sunrise. We ended our quick trip with a hotel stay in the city of Seattle. 

Crescent Lake  

Early morning views from third beach: my wet hiking boots, a sliver of the Pacific Ocean and a whole lot of fog  

We went and explored around Crescent Lake three different times in the two days we were there... I'm in love with it.

Hiking around Hurricane Ridge

 

A Frame spotting!

From the tent during blue hour... Not a bad sight to wake up to.

Exploring the famous Washington forest roads (perhaps only famous to this Southern California resident) 

Sunrise from La Push

Product shot for Calypte Collection 

Franks taking in the view

Stormy Seattle from our way in on the Bainbridge ferry!