Author’s Note: In honor of Canada Day, I thought I’d post about the amazing honeymoon we took in Alberta in 2012. Happy Canada Day to a beautiful country!
Two things about me: I love fall, and I’m *gasp* not that much of a beach person. Two things about Russell: he also loves fall, and if I’d let him, he’d move to the Alaskan wildness and be a mountain man in a heartbeat. So when it came to planning our honeymoon, we opted out of the traditional Sandals beach getaway for something a little more…wild? There’s a dirty joke brewing in there somewhere. Moving on.
In October 2012, we caught a flight to the most beautiful place I’ve ever been in my life: Banff National Park, in the Canadian Rockies. It was gorgeous in a way that didn’t seem real, like the scenery was the backdrop of a movie set. We arrived early enough in October to witness the final days of fall; by the end of our honeymoon, the snow had set in. It was stunning.
We stayed at the incredible Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, a majestic Scottish style castle – yes, castle – in the heart of the mountains. I want to return one day, and have my eye on the two-week train ride across Canada – in a glass-roof car, of course, so I can finally see the northern lights. I was so sad that it didn’t happen while we were there. But the trip was still a once in a lifetime memory, and I encourage everyone to put it on their must-travel-to list. It was incredible to see an example of untouched wilderness and view first-hand the way our planet looked once upon a time; wild and free. I took a few beautiful photos from the trip, and every time I look at them, I can still feel that cool mountain air and crystal-blue water.
Oh, and, by the way – now that the beautiful part of the story is done, I figured I’d mention this little tidbit. Both Russell and I contracted something called the norovirus on the honeymoon. He ended up losing a day by staying in bed, but I spent two days of the trip in the hospital in Banff. Go Canadian healthcare! I think we’re the only people we’ve ever met who can tell that kind of story. We tested out that “in sickness and in health” stuff pretty early on. Yup. You win some, you lose some, I guess.