I’m quite sure nobody is ready for a vacation to end.
I know I usually am not.
When this posts publishes, I’ll be back at work and doing the daily grind again after nearly two weeks off. The goal was to be relaxed and refreshed, and I think that was accomplished. We’ll see how long it lasts!
But the end of the month also means it’s time for a challenge linkup!
I had a few photos earlier in the month, but after this trip … this is where the photos for my challenge are coming from this time around.
I hope you all had as much fun with this challenge for the month as I did. I actually had a hard time picking just five shots for the month.
Here are my five!
1. High above
This view is at the top of a mountain in Banff, Alberta. The views were absolutely stunning. Even with the town below, nature is seen all the way around. We got up here via a wonderful gondola ride and then walking around the top. Very cool experience.
2. Lake Louise
One of the most famous spots in Banff National Park is Lake Louise. Unfortunately, this trip only took us through Banff for a day, so we only had the chance to hit this lake (among the several I’d love to see), and it didn’t disappoint. Simply breathtaking.
3. Wapta Falls
Geocaching brings you to some wild places, and this is just one of them. Nestled into Yoho National Park in British Columbia, this set of falls takes about a 1.5 or so mile walk one way. As it got a little later, we stopped to get a park pass and asked the girl if we had time. She said she thought we did, but coming out we might need flashlights. She was correct. The walk out wasn’t bad – the way back was tougher with the terrain. But this was all for an Earthcache, and one I’ll not soon forget. (And yes, we climbed up on that ridge in front of the falls and got a bit wet in the process).
4. Bridal Falls
This was a set of falls we stopped to see on the first day of this journey. A nice hike to them. These were really wonderful and with not many people there, it was extremely peaceful as well.
5. Looking out
This is at the top of an area in Oregon as we chased some old geocaches. I can say this – this may have been a 1/1 in 2000, but it’s definitely not a 1 terrain in my mind. The way up was a struggle for me. My knees don’t handle going steep like this well. But slow and steady was the way to go and we reached it. It was a cloudy and dreary day, but the views were still impressive.
And there are my five for the month!
If you took part in this month’s challenge, make sure to link up below.
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Mrs GeoK / Denise says
Wow! So glad you got some good fall colour on your trip through our part of the world. Good thing you came when you did…Banff NP and your driving route back to the US have received a major dump of snow over the past 72 hours. Our yard has anywhere from 20 – 40 cm (8 – 16 inches) of undisturbed snow and we’re still under a snowfall warning for today.
As for the Wapta Falls earthcache, we still haven’t done it. Your amazing photo has me adding it to our “must do” list for 2020.
There was some good color and just a great trip overall. I need to experience Banff for a longer period of time, though, It was amazing and I definitely want more. I’m glad we were there when we were as snow… no thanks! Wapta Falls… definitely do it. I’m glad when we were there … there was barely a soul else around! Thanks for all the tips before we took the trip!
Debbie D. says
Absolutely stunning photos, PJ! ? We live in eastern Canada and have never been that far west but would love to go. Thanks for sharing your vacation with us! P.S. Good thing you made it back before that snowstorm hit.
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Thank you! It was my first trip into that part of Canada as well, but I definitely think I want to go back!
I’m getting heart-shaped eyes over here. Banff and Lake Louise are some of my favorite spots in Canada. Glad you got to enjoy it!
The first time we were there there was so much fog, we barely saw the other side of the lake, let alone the mountains. Then two years ago, boom, the perfect blue sky day!
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It was enjoyable, but not nearly long enough. I hope for a return trip! I’m glad we had a day to see some things. Interestingly enough, the blue skies only popped out shortly after we arrived!
Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade says
PJ I’m jealous of your adventures. What an incredible vacation!
It was definitely an adventure with many memories!
Now I know why you picked this prompt for September! These are stunningly gorgeous, and definitely wall-worthy. What a fantastic trip. Thanks for sharing such lovely scenery.
I actually had some other ones I could have used from not on this trip, but these photos took the cake! 🙂
Well, you’ve just added something else to my bucket list. I’ve always heard my dad talk about Banff, and I was pretty sure I’d get there eventually, but it’s been moved up considerably. The earth cache looks very intriguing. Got a link?
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This … I would say … is a must do for anybody who loves being alive!
As for the Earthcache: https://coord.info/GC7W35A
Mike Davis says
You’ve had some pretty great trips the last few months. This one looks pretty amazing. Thanks for sharing!
I’ve been fortunate and lucky.. but this trip was crazy awesome!
Amaryllis Turman says
These are beautiful!!!!!!
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