A short poem about Emerald Lake in AB, Canada… “blurry and faded, abundant and tempting”
I made these blog posts so that I could remember my trip. If I hadn’t scribbled words on that back of my hand, in my notes app, into journals, this trip would have been a blur. If I hadn’t had my camera around my neck, my Polaroid wrapped in a scarf at the front of backpack or the Go Pro on a stick, this trip would have been forgotten.
Honestly, if you want to go somewhere to recharge, clear your head and remember how beautiful this planet is, go to Banff. You will not be disappointed. Even with the crazy weather, thick smoke, downpour of rain, the views are still spectacular. Nothing will hold you back.
We hadn’t any plans today but we wanted to make the most of our last full day in Banff. Our first stop was Peyto Lake.
I say in hindsight that today was definitely my favourite day of the whole trip.
We woke up today to see mountains all around our hostel that we didn’t even know existed. And it was sunny!
Everyone we talked to said not to have any expectations because it wouldn’t change despite Ali and I running outside in at 11pm counting stars and swearing that we can see shapes of mountains. We refused to lose hope. And this is why…
Today we had to rearrange plans to allow the smoke to clear. We dreamed of hiking every day, visiting lakes, exploring the Rockies, but…
The smoke from the forest fires in Washington state are coming up to Calgary and Banff. That’s around 600 miles for smoke to travel. Now, I’m not a scientist but that seems pretty ridiculous. There aren’t any fires or even threats of fires near Banff, yet we are getting so much smoke that the pollution levels in Calgary are 12/10 and we can’t see any of the amazing views.