As hard as it is to believe, I don’t wake up looking like my normal, gorgeous self everyday on the blog.
And as hard as it is to believe, that was also major sarcasm.
What I do believe is that camping is not a fashion show – spandex, striped socks (with thong sandals, no less) and bonfire-scented jackets justify the Stacy + Clinton worthy ambush I admittedly deserve. However, when camping, these items are of the utmost importance.
Thankfully, I chugged my coffee, downed some breakfast and made myself over in time to enjoy one of the most spectacular views I’ve likely seen in my 25 years of life on planet Earth…
That would be Lake Louise. She’s a stunner, no?
I can’t even begin to describe the absolute majesticness of this place, and for someone who claims to be a writer (and hopes to make money off this profession one day), that is saying a lot. A whole lot.
From the perfect V-shaped mountains to the tropical aqua-colored water and pure glacial ice, everything about the area is absolutely breathtaking. No wonder it was one of G’ma Everythingtarian’s (the real G’ma one…not my alter ego) favorite places ever.
…as well as noshing on a Canadian goodie, also known as the Simply Bar…
…and taking a much-needed moment to REALLY appreciate the lake’s sheer beauty.
You’re probably wondering, “But Holly, where does the decadent part of this post come in?”
We decided to throw caution (or more accurately, dollar bills) to the wind and dine at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise – that gorgeous 1920’s-style hotel perfectly perched on the lake’s eastern edge. We’re classy ladies like that, what can we say?
I started with a warm cup of Maple Maple Tea, which was served with pistachio biscotti…
I seriously contemplated stealing the sterling silver tea pot and tea strainer – how friggin’ adorable is that set? So vintage. So antique. So chic. Obviously, so me.
That is if you ignore the first picture I put up on this post and replace it with this one:
For my meal, I honestly had the WORST time choosing what to get. The reuben was calling my name, then I thought one of their salads looked good, before I thought I was going to get the Asian noodle bowl. Finally I decided on some pre-hike carbage: Roasted Tomato + Red Pepper Linguini with Crispy Basil.
I felt meh about this one. The dish wasn’t bad. I’m just dumb. I don’t really like pasta…especially out at restaurants, so I really have no idea why I ordered this in the first place.
I finished it unsatisfied.
Good thing there is a little dessert known as Warm Local Apple Crisp to redeem one’s palate…
Flaky crust…sour cream ice cream (!!!)…cinnamon custard…perfectly cooked apples…real whipped cream…spun sugar decoration…
Plate-licking good. It most DEFINITELY made up for the sub-par main course.
After our lunch of decadence, Susan + I unfortunately had to say goodbye to Karen. She had to get back home and to a lil’ thing called work, which sadly I am realizing I have to do soon as well. The good thing is if I ever want to return to Canada, she has offered me a place to stay :).
With our bellies full, Susan + I embarked on a 4-mile hike up to Lake Agnes. Along the way, we ran into some other lovely bodies of water…
…as well as more stunning views…
…before we finally reached Lake Agnes.
Aggie also happens to be home to the cutest little teahouse ever. Somehow, I completely forgot to take a picture of the teahouse (think of a small log cabin that serves hot tea, beverages and pastries), but it was adorable. Trust me.
Lake Agnes also trickles down the mountain and forms a long, winding waterfall, creating the most soothing sound of rushing water known to man.
I liked Lake Agnes a lot.
I hope you sense my enthusiasm.
When we finally arrived back to the campground, we had one thing on our mind: FOOD. I was nervous I would not be able to make it two in a row with starting another fire, but I proved myself wrong. Fire #2 was even more raging than the first.
In fact, it made for the most delicious crunchy crust for our homemade pita pizzas…
On Pizza #1, we have almond butter + WF’s Chocolate Cherry Trail Mix (peanuts, almonds, sour tart cherries, chocolate-covered raisins, white chocolate chunks, chocolate chips), while Pizza #2 features a salty/sweet combination of almond butter, apple + apricots.
Split between the two of us, they were delicious.
Especially paired with a Big Rock IPA + some carrots…
The rest of the night was spent laying on a picnic table, staring at the blue sky and talking about life. Twas’ an absolutely lovely end to an absolutely lovely day.
Stay tuned tomorrow for the FINAL installment of the drip – days 6 + 7 spent both in Banff (more delicious eating) and back to Calgary (for a fun blogger meet-up with this gal)!