Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Weekend Recap- Banff Trip!

I had the most amazing weekend with some of my very favorite people!

It was my friend Michelle's stagette, and we decided to celebrate by going to Banff and going camping! It was an excellent choice if I do say so myself.

On Friday we spent the day driving, then doing a little shopping in Banff before heading to the campground to get everything set up.

Kirsten, Michelle, Me, and Heather after successfully setting up our tent, and figuring out how to use the self timer on my camera!

Practicing scaring bears away!

Nice view on our walk
After we got everything set up, our other friends Nancy and Ali arrived and it was time to get ready to go out for dinner and some dancing. If you want people to give you funny looks, get ready to go out in a campground. And also, have a giant Texas Mickey of vodka on your picnic table. That got some looks too.
Nancy, Heather, Kirsten, Michelle, The Texas Mickey, Ali, Me

We went to a really great restaurant for dinner, I can't remember the name of it, I'll have to check with Michelle, but it was delish! I had a really good pizza with fresh basil and tomatoes.
Kirsten, Me, Ali

After dinner we headed out to find a place to go dancing. We went to a club called Aurora first, but we quickly decided it wasn't for us and moved onto the next bar called The Dancing Sasquatch. It was much more our speed, and we stayed until closing time. Going to bars/clubs is not my thing AT ALL, I honestly can't remember the last time I went out.. its been at least 3 or 4 years. However, I had a great night! I got to be the DD and I still managed to dance and have some fun! Nobody got too crazy which was awesome since we had a big hike planned for Saturday!

We actually managed to sleep in until around 9:00 on Saturday morning, which was pretty good considering how bright it was. After breakfast we headed out for our hike. We decided to hike Johnson Canyon and the Ink Pots, which ended up being about a 13km round trip hike. The first 2.5 km are paved, and absolutely swarmed with people. Once the paved part ended there were a lot less people.
At the 2nd waterfall

Having a snack at the ink pots

The views were pretty spectacular, and the ink pots were so cool! I have pictures of them but they really don't do them justice so I'm not going to bother posting them. Here are some waterfall pictures instead!

Saturday night we just hung out at the campground. We made chicken foil packets over the fire for dinner, followed by some s'mores of course!

Sunday morning we packed up and headed into Banff for breakfast. We went to Tooloulou's and it was awesome!! If you are ever in Banff I highly recommend it for breakfast. Their menu is huge, an they are happy to make any substitutions that you want. After breaky we wandered into a few more shops, grabbed an iced coffee, then headed home.

I had such an amazing time, I feel so lucky to have the best friends in the world! It was the perfect girls weekend and I can't wait to do it again!


  1. Looks like such a fun weekend with your girlfriends! I love Banff :)

  2. What a fun trip!! We are headed to Banff in September!

    1. It's such a great place for a getaway! Are you camping or staying in a hotel?


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