2. Go Skiing.
So, I picked up my Season's Pass, got a road coffee and drove up to one of my favorite places in the world: Sunshine Village. And I was excited.
This is me riding the gondola with the "oh my god I'm so excited it's the first day of ski season I'm going to pee" expression. And I was. But I didn't.
My Stylin' Ride
3. Enjoy a big fat burger and fries.
When I finally got down the gondola it was getting dark and I was starving. To finish up this fantastic day, I went straight to the Saltlik Lounge to enjoy my favorite Banff burger: a 3/4 pound burger made with Sirloin topped with Mushroom and Gruyer with a mountain of skinny fries on the side. Oh. My. Goodness. It was so good. I would make a lousy vegetarien. I crave. The Beef. Needless to say, I slept really well. And needless to say, I had enjoyed a rather awesome day!
4. Make some new friends!
The weather here has been really strange this November. We have managed to escape the entire month of November with very little snow. Last week, the weather got cold and something quite amazing happened. All of the ponds, lakes and even the river froze to perfection and no snow has fallen! When the snow falls, you can't skate. So after my morning cup of coffee and the advice of my friend Dave, I went down to the river. And this is what I saw:
It was frozen to glass like perfection and it was crystal clear. While I was looking at the ice pondering how smart it was to attempt skating down a frozen river, I was joined by another brave soul Ryan and an older couple named Melissa and Carl. We laced up our skates and together, ventured out onto the ice. We could see that the depth of ice was around 5 inches! It was that clear. It was still unnverving because we could also see the bottom of the river with such clarity we could see all of the deadfall, rocks and fish under the moving water. It was scary, but safe, but scary. Together, laughing, smiling and visiting, we skated almost 2km right down the river and it was one of the more amazing things I have done since I moved to Banff 4 years ago. I had a true Banff moment when we were standing on the ice socializing with the old timers, who were telling Ryan and I stories of living in a cabin on Lake Louise in the 1960's. They said that it was really rare and special to be skating on the river and had only done it a few times. It was cool to meet some other Banffites and have a true Banff adventure together.
I was so thrilled and full of adrenalin post-skate (I was nervous and it was scary) that I gathered up my touring gear and headed back up to Sunshine, for another ski and another lap of Sunshine Meadows. I had some nervous energy to work off from the ice skating adventure.
It was sure is great to be ski touring again! Now, I am finally excited for the arrival of winter and ski season. Note to self: when the sky turns this color, it is time to call it a day.
5. Go for a long run!
Keith arrived home late on Saturday night and bummer for him, had to skip out on the long run on Sunday. Truthfully, I wasn't really feeling like going out by myself so I decided to stay close to home. I ran out the back door, hit the trail and ran straight up. 7.5km's later, I was on top of Sulphur Mountain!! I did the old up and over-up the front side and down the back side. I forgot what a huge descent this is - from the top of the mountain all the way to the valley floor it's 8km and change. I was sure glad I went, it was one of those days where it felt like a tour of duty, but ended up being a pleasure.
Self-Portrait-back side of Sulphur Mountain, old access road
My Footy Prints
6. Spend some quality time with some old friends.
As a grand finalee, to a most excellent weekend I met up with my friends Dave and Brenda for an afternoon skate. We had heard of another local area that had frozen perfectly and wanted to check it out. When we arrived at said "secret skating place" there was tons of families from Canmore and Banff enjoying their day. The views of Cascade were gorgeous and the ice was pretty darn perfect!!
Dave is an Ass Man
Awwwww! Aren't they adorable?