11 Sep 2012

A Weekend Escape To Banff

Happy Tuesday!

I didn't post yesterday as I was busy catching up from our busy weekend.  Mr. Swell and I were lucky enough to sneak away from the city for the weekend to spend some kid free time in the mountains.  Our destination was Banff, as Mr. Swell was running the Subaru Banff Triathlon.  I'm usually horrible with taking pictures while we are away (especially when it's just the 2 of us), but this time I tried really hard to put my tourist hat on and take a few pictures.  If you haven't been to Banff, it truly is amazing.  Living so close to the mountains I think we sometimes take for granted how beautiful and special they are.

We said goodbye to Fin and Diefenbaker, loaded up the bike, the wetsuit, and all the other gear, and headed out Friday afternoon.  The drive took us about 4 1/2 hours.  

Last week it really felt like fall around here, but this weekend was amazing. Sunny and hot.  Fall harvest was in full swing.


The view just outside of Calgary.  Sorry....it's from the car window.


Just before the Banff park gates is Lac Des Arc.  To me once I see Lac Des Arc I know I am officially in the mountains.


Once we arrived in Banff we were busy dropping off Mr. Swell's bike, picking up his race package, etc, etc.  And getting food - always important!

We woke up nice and early on Saturday morning and headed in for the start of the race.  This particular triathlon is a one way  bike.  That meant that Mr. Swell had to take a shuttle up to the lake for the swim (where we had dropped his bike off the night before) and then bike into town.  The swim is in a glacier fed lake.  For those of you who haven't had the opportunity to feel a glacier fed lake, believe me, it's freaking cold!  Wetsuits were mandatory.  Most people wore wetsuits, neoprene head caps, the official swim cap and ear plugs. It was intense.  Yet another reason I don't intend to start doing triathlons.  Unfortunately the road up the lake was blocked to traffic, so spectators weren't able to watch the swim or the beginning of the bike.

So while Mr. Swell was busy mentally preparing to jump in some of the coldest water known to man, I was busy roaming around Banff.



Roaming....and sitting in Starbucks....same thing, right?  Tough life. 

I did take a few pictures of the town though....




One of my best friends was married at that gazebo 2 years ago.  It's a beautiful spot right in the middle of Banff.  2 years ago it was raining and cold and we were trying to figure out how we were all going to stand outside for the ceremony.  This weekend though it was hotter than average.  The temperature by the afternoon was up to 25 Celsius (77 Fahrenheit). 

After a few hours of wandering around, I made my way back to the transition area to watch Mr. Swell ride in on his bike.  I was very happy when I saw him to know that he survived the swim.


That's him on the bike - in case you didn't guess. I was cheering too loud when he was close to me to take a picture.  He transitioned from his bike to a 5km run through the town.  And then, just over an hour after he started the whole thing he was at the finish line. 


He did amazingly well, and even finished 3rd in his age group which garnered him a medal.  

For the rest of the afternoon we pretty much did this....


So nice and relaxing.

We had a great dinner Saturday night.   It is seriously so nice to eat a leisurely meal - I had no idea that's one thing that I would totally be giving up when we had a kid. 


Yes, we really are that red.  Apparently I packed everything but sunscreen.  

Sunday morning we headed home, and within a few hours of leaving the mountains we were back smack dab in the middle of the prairies.


All in all it was a fabulous weekend!  It's so nice to have a weekend away every once and a while to feel human again (and to sleep and eat leisurely).

How about you? Any fantastic weekend adventures?  I'll be back later this week with one more kitchen project.

2 comments:

  1. Sounds like y'all had a fun trip...the mountains are really beautiful. It reminds me of the time I spent in Alaska.

    I'm amazed, that even with a wet suit, your hubby still wanted to do the swim - brrrr, talk about dedicated! :)

    -Erica F

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    1. Thanks Erica. He's nuts like that - you'd never catch me in that lake! One of my best friends just moved to Alaska for work - I can't wait until i can get up there to visit her. I hear it's beautiful.

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