AAAWOOOO! What an incredible trip we had with our amazing West Trek tour guide Maddy and the rest of the party-crazy wolf pack!
Where do I begin? We just did and experienced so much! I guess we should start by breaking it down into the different days.
Friday morning. We got up pretty early so we could meet in front of the Waterfront Station at 7am. Everyone felt like a zombie but we were raring to go! The Rockies were waiting for us!
We boarded the bus which was going to be our home for the next several days and got to meet our tour guide Maddy. Some of us had already met her on our trip to Whistler a few weeks back. She’s always full of energy and got everyone super excited quickly.
We left rainy Vancouver behind us and after a couple of hours reached the first stop in Hope. Here we bought lunch and snacks for the remainder of the day’s bus ride. We had a few more stops where we also got our hands on some alcohol for the first party of our trip.
Finally we arrived at our first day’s destination, the West Trek cabins! Everyone was quickly shown their own cabins and we then it was time for the winetasting followed by a BBQ dinner. Naturally,
we had to play some games beforehand though in order to decide which table gets to eat first. Natasja was immediately up for the task and won a hula hoop duel against a Brazilian who looks strikingly similar to Khal Drogo.
As soon as everyone was sufficiently fed, the wolf pack hurried to retrieve their drinks and Maddy turned up the music. Let’s get this party started! There were drinking games being played in every corner of the room and people dancing in the middle. It was a legendary first night!
Once again we had to get up quite early. Had lots to do and lots of ground to cover. We weren’t even in the Rocky Mountains yet. First stop of the day: Leo H. Downey’s buffalo ranch. Leo used to be a musical artist in Los Angeles but realized it wasn’t something he really wanted to do. So he just packed what he needed and took off into the wild where he spent a long time until he found his purpose in Canada. Truly inspiring!
Next, we checked out a wolf sanctuary. I mean it was a matter of course for us. We’re a wolf pack as well after all. And when we howled they howled with us!
Moving on we finally made it to our first Rocky Mountain stop at Emerald Lake which was mine and most of the rest’s favorite lake by the way. It was very cold when I dipped my hand into it but the color of it together with the mountains in the background…it was a breathtakingly beautiful sight to behold.
Afterwards we visited Lake Louise and Lake Moraine. They were quite enchanting as well.
The day was just beginning though. Following the lake visits we went up the Banff Gondola. However, there wasn’t all too much to see due to rain.
Shortly after, we arrived at our hotel and prepared for yet another epic night. It started at this pub called Devil’s Gap, continued at the Hoodoo Lounge and ended back at the Devil’s Gap. Lots of drinking and dancing again and most importantly fun!
And that’s half time! The rest of our trip will be in our next post.
See you then!
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