I finally talked my husband into a few days in the mountains this fall. He's a homebody and resists change so it wasn't easy. When our neighbour heard we were going, she said, "Oh, a romantic getaway."
I said, "The dogs are excited."
They actually were because they don't care where we're going as long as they get to come along. I found a cabin at Johnson Canyon between Banff and Lake Louise with the dates open that suited us.
We probably took the most convoluted route to Calgary you've never heard of but it avoided the QE11and went through some interesting country. Alberta has a lot of rolling hills and not all the badlands are at Drumheller. The most dramatic are, but there are lots of ravines that you don't see coming. In you drive and suddenly it's a whole new ecosystem. Fall colours painted the trees.
We drove to theTrans-Canada highway and from there onto the Stoney Trail 201. Wonderful. No lights and at that time of the day light traffic. We avoided Calgary all together.
As the driver, I did make one minor mistake. I drove through into the Parks in the lane reserved for vehicles that already had Park passes. Ooooops! Gary expected flashing lights, a high speed chase, full body searches and a night in jail until we could post bail. What really happened is I turned onto an approach that connected to the highway going in the opposite direction. No problem. We bought a park pass and entered the Park legally.
It turned out to be a great low-key holiday. We hiked (a little), saw the sights, and picnicked every noon. The restaurant at Johnson Canyon had good food and Banff wasn't far off. Lake Louise is an iconic Canadian beauty and didn't disappoint. We didn't see wildlife unless you count chipmunks, squirrels, a few deer and White Pine nutcrackers. It snowed the first night- just a skiff and had melted by noon.
We had great weather and as I thought, the dogs enjoyed it all.
I've been married a long time and often write about everyday events.