Weekly Win - 35
Hi there! Did you miss me? I certainly missed writing over the last couple of weeks. I have realized how cathartic this weekly post has become for me. I understand now what writers mean when they point out that writing isn’t necessarily about the readers (although a lot of the time it is) but it’s for the writer themselves.
I’m back now from family travels on and off for the last month. We had a great time visiting Whistler, then travelling to/from Banff, Alberta over the course of two weeks. We topped our vacation time off with our annual trip to the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE). As sad as I am for school to start back on Tuesday, I’m ready for our regular routine to start back up.
Here are a couple of wins that happened over the last two weeks.
As we travelled across the province to Banff, Alberta, we did some hiking along the way. My favourite place was Paint Pots in Kootenay National Park. There is a lot of history in this area, where Ktunaxa (Kootenay), Blackfoot and Stoney tribes would collect ochre for ceremonies and trade. It’s a must see when travelling through the Rocky Mountain trench (which is also a must do!)
The longest hike we did was a 15 km hike at Johnston Canyon. Starting at Moose Meadows, we took the trail to Ink Pots, back down to Johnston Canyon via a different path then back along the road to our vehicle. It was amazing to see the difference between the popularity of the trails. We passed only a handful of people on the Moose Meadows trail, but when we returned via Johnston Canyon, we encountered hundreds of tourists making their way along the paved pathway. We later learned that Johnston Canyon gets over one million visitors in a year. Sadly, there were a lot of people climbing onto the edge of the waterfall just to get the perfect camera shot, never understanding the seriousness of what they were doing. One misstep, they would have ended up at the bottom of the waterfall, and they probably would not survive. Stay on the trails, everyone!
The biggest win of all… travelling in a cramped Westfalia for two weeks with three people. Thankfully, we all returned safe and sound. A friend of mine once exclaimed: “I know why some species eat their young!” Haha. There were moments, but we all survived.
“It’s a strange thing to come home. While yet on the journey, you cannot at all realize how strange it will be.” - Selma Lagerlof, Swedish novelist
Have an amazing week!