A Decadent Hike, Day 5

by Holly on June 16, 2010

in 2010 hiking trip,travel

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.

Karen, Susan and I walked along the lakeshore path for about three miles (1.5 there, 1.5 back), taking in the plethora of unique views and angles of Miss Louise along the way…

…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?”

Right here.

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)!


Run Sarah June 17, 2010 at 12:00 am

I love your guys camping food – freaking amazing. As are the gorgeous views! I feel horrible for living in BC for my entire life and never visiting!!

Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks June 17, 2010 at 12:13 am

Man it looks like you’re having a great time! What a beautiful place to visit. I have never been to Canada and you are making me want to go so badly!

TorontoGirloutWest June 17, 2010 at 12:17 am

That dessert was totally EPIC!!! Next time I’m in the area I’ll definitely have to give it a try. :)

BTW on that one picture that you took of me and Susan from behind it actually looks like I have a butt. Random comment I knwo but it’s totally not what I thought it looked like from behind! :P

Crunchy Granola Gal June 17, 2010 at 12:25 am

crunchy PB pitas on the grill? genius.

striped tall socks and flip-flops? score yet again.

nature at its finest? priceless.

Mama Pea June 17, 2010 at 1:41 am

GAHHHH! I want to go camping so bad…with you…and beer…and sandals with socks!

Can’t wait for the next installment!

Kristie June 17, 2010 at 4:23 am

Must. contain. jealousy.

WAAAAAAAAAAH. I want to go to Banff!!!!!!!!! Err… that was a fail, wasn’t it? :-P

Erica June 17, 2010 at 5:15 am

This will definitely be a trip you will not forget! Just gorgeous. Fun dessert and I love your fire grilled pizzas! I want the one on the right

Jenna June 17, 2010 at 5:38 am

So pretty!!

Lauren June 17, 2010 at 5:44 am

Oh wow! You do not lie! This is one magnificent place!

I never order pasta out either. I don’t really like pasta and whenever you order it out, they always seem to skimp on the veggies and sauce and end up with a huge bowl of cooked boring noodles! Oh well, at least dessert made up for it! :)

Ashlei June 17, 2010 at 6:02 am

I love those hiking pictures. Except for maybe the socks with thong sandals part ;) lol! Gorgeous pictures of the lake though!

Whitney @ Lettuce Love June 17, 2010 at 7:14 am

Those pictures are amazing! You’re making me want to go on a hike asap :)

Naomi(www.onefitfoodie.com) June 17, 2010 at 8:58 am

amazing pics! i love how cute that place is at the top of the mountain!!! it looks so gourmet yet mountainy :)

Angharad June 17, 2010 at 9:14 am

I told Susan this and I will tell you as well: my coworker proposed to his now wife on the shore of lake louise. Can you imagine anything more perfect?! Amazing.

Looks fabulous my sweet! Hope you’re enjoying every second and not giving a thought to real life! x

Susan June 17, 2010 at 9:22 am

Ohmygosh, have you read my Lake Louise post yet? I swear ours are almost identical. Get out of my head please.

No wait, I take that back, you can stay there ;) Heart you and miss youuu!!

p.s. I am loving Eat, Pray, Love

Christine June 17, 2010 at 9:47 am

You are my favorite blogger, by leaps and bounds. You are super healthy but also love you some BEER! Sometimes I read a blog and the blogger talks about how off she felt the next morning after having a single drink. I totally respect that, but it can be hard
to relate, you know? I also love that you are always so eager to drink what is local. Seize the day (and the location), right???

Madeline - Greens and Jeans June 17, 2010 at 9:58 am

Most of my camping pictures involve me in long underwear with shorts over them. All the cool kids do it.

Sami June 17, 2010 at 10:11 am

GRRR. Why do you always manage to create the BEST outings!??! I’m totally raging with jealousy right now. And those photos? If I didn’t know better, I’d say they were PHOTOshopped. That scenery is absolutely breathtaking. There is no better adjective to describe it.

What did you think of the Simply Bar ? I’ve been thinking about ordering them, because Janetha loved them so much. Is it true the chocolate (that you had) tastes like cocoa crispies???

Enjoy the rest of your trip, you classy lady, you! :)


Kristin (Salty Tooth) June 17, 2010 at 10:38 am

Looks amazing! Love the socks and sandals!

Danielle (Runs on Green) June 17, 2010 at 12:01 pm

It looks gorgeous!! (I’m super jealoussss)

bahaa rockin’ the thong sandals & striped socks :) It’s ok, mother nature doesn’t issue fashion tickets

samantha June 17, 2010 at 12:37 pm

first word: JEALOUS.
second word: AWESOME.

Maya June 17, 2010 at 12:47 pm

You’re killing me here Holly. What incredible photos! Not much else to say, except for Banff is added to places I must visit. So thank you for that.

Diana @ frontyardfoodie June 17, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Whoa! That is incredibly beautiful! I LOVE when a lake is so clear that you can capture the rocks at the bottom in a photograph.

lola June 17, 2010 at 2:02 pm

your hike looks so beautiful. love the pita pizzas and the striped socks too =)

Lorna June 17, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Okay, your hike pics were amazing, simply breathtaking. No, seriously, they took my breath away! I have seen this Lake, on my way to Canada once (from Utah) but not this majestically. You made me wanna move! And your dining photos! After the drooling stopped, I got all nostalgic for my visiting-family-in-Germany days. You have the most beautiful scenery!!!! I’m moving to Canada (but only after I share your blog on my Facebook…) P.S. your socks ROCK!

Katie June 17, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I can’t get over the color of that water! It’s insane. So gorgeous. As are those little bloggie pizzas on the campfire…that’s my kind of camp food.

Megan June 17, 2010 at 2:19 pm

This post brings me back to my childhood! When I was 10 years old, my family did a Canadian Rockies trip and we stayed in Banff and also at the Chateau Lake Louise…..your pictures are gorgeous and make me want to go back!

Angela @ A Healthy Fit June 17, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Wow! Beautiful views. Socks + green striped sock and sandles….definitely Stacy & Clinton worthy!!

Allison R. June 17, 2010 at 5:19 pm

You should bring back like 203984234 Simply Bars! Janetha makes me want them :)

BroccoliHut June 17, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Aah! I love that Chocolate Cherry trail mix! I bet it’s even more amazing in “melty” form.

maxinthegym June 17, 2010 at 10:29 pm

The sugar decoration on your apple pie looks so purrty! And and I love your pizza combos! I never thought of using a nut butter for a base then piling sweet thangs on top! Definitely going to give it a try :)

Little Bookworm June 18, 2010 at 9:27 am

Amazing photos – especially that lake! The Apple Crisp dessert looks fantastic!

claire June 18, 2010 at 11:35 am

Love your morning shot with socks and sandals…amazing way to drink your morning joe! Oh, and the hike and scenery looks amazing too of course….too envious right now!

Jason Sandeman June 18, 2010 at 6:25 pm

I almost went to work for Chateau Lake Louise, but the Jasper Park Lodge called me first. I know several people who work in the kitchens there, so I am not surprised at all by the menu. In fact, it makes me nostalgic.

Funny story, I know of a server that got fired because when a client asked how Emerald lake got so green, he told them that in the winter they drain it so they can paint the bottom. That client went off to tell a bunch of other people, and word got back. Fun times.

In the winter time, the lake freezes over, and they actually build a castle out of ice. One of my favorite pictures I have of my wife is us in that castle.

Sherah (MeltyRobot) June 21, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Wow, Banff is absolutely gorgeous. I worked in a couple of national parks during my “adventure days” (aka my “I don’t know what I want to study in college so I’ll just go on some adventures for a bit, brb” era) but never, ever tire of gorgeous photos of other people’s national park trips. The earth is so beautiful, no wonder people are trashing it. They’re so jealous!!!

And the tea!! This place is my heaven. Must. Visit. Soon.

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