Alright…let’s move on! The fourth day of vacay started out much like the first three with an AMAZING oatmeal concoction conjured up by Susan + yours truly…
flax oatmeal + apple cinnamon oatmeal
1 smashed naner
soy protein powder
Justin’s Honey Almond Butter packet
lots of moaning in delight
Breakfast also consisted of cracking joints, sore hips, moving like an 80-year-old grandma and an all-around soreness lovingly bestowed on us from yesterday’s hike. There is nothing like hiking up a mountain to show you how truly out-of-shape you really are.
So, what’s a gal to do when her body needs some rest? SHOP, of course!
The Town of Banff is absolutely adorable. Much of the time we’ve spent between hiking and engaging in other outdoors pursuits this trip has been perusing the many shops, restaurants and art galleries.
One shop in particular caught our food blogging eye…
Rows upon shelves upon bookcases of tea (herbal, black, rooibos, green, white…) line the shop. I imagine it’s what heaven smells like – I’ll let you know whether that’s true if I ever make it there.
Over the course of 40 minutes, I smelled a handful of loose leaf teas, including this Woman’s Uma Tea…
…which I definitely bought. I am such a sucker for detox teas. Somehow in my crazy brain, I think drinking them will magically make me feel as if I’ve been reborn, much like the second coming of Madonna circa 2000.
You know what “Music” I’m talkin’ about.
If we’ve learned anything from our friend Carrie Bradshaw, it’s that shopping IS cardio; which means us ladies needed to feed our growing appetites. Per a recommendation from Susan’s friend, we headed off to the Elk and Oarsman.
When in Canada…
…get the local(ish) specialty. A Manitoba Bison Burger is what traveling is all about.
Susan + I waiting impatiently for our meals…
…watching England play the U.S. in the World Cup…
…as well as watching EVERYONE else in the bar watch the game.
I began to wonder why every country outside the U.S. is crazy about soccer (slash football), but then my burger came with a tub of chipotle mayo, and I forgot all about the game.
Clearly, I am a typical, gluttonous American. If Exhibit A is my complete non-knowledge about soccer, then Exhibit B is my lifetime membership to the C.P.C. (Clean Plate Club).
I am not going to lie…they were the worst things I’ve eaten all trip. We didn’t even finish them.
With our bellies full and our bodies feeling like perhaps they might want to move again, we headed north to explore the lovely, majestic smaller lakes and towns just outside Banff.
First stop: Lake Minnewanka!
Words can’t do this type of beauty justice.
Words, however, can describe our naive giddiness over witnessing a herd of sheep stop traffic along the lakeshore road…
Next stop: Two Jack Lake!
And last stop: Tunnel Mountain Campground!
I may be a city girl at heart, but I like to think I can survive with the best of them out in the backcountry. Bring on the mosquitos, s’mores and not showering for three days – I’m in!
Step 1: Rent a tent.
Step 2: Put up said tent.
Step 3: Crack open a beer and marvel at the extremely uncomfortable housing you will spend the night in while tossing and turning on the rocky ground.
Step 4: Have a minor freak out moment when you see signs like this…
Step 6: Get the food ready to make a good ol’ fashioned campfire dinner.
Step 7: Drink another beer.
Step 8: Enjoy an apple + gouda grilled cheese straight from the campfire alongside some carrots + almond butter, Dr. Kracker Pumpkin Cheddar Crackers and an apple.
Step 9: Continue to admire the raging beast of a fire you started with beer in hand until the sun goes down, forcing you to pass out on that uncomfortable rocky ground.
Step 10: Wonder three days later how your blog post – intended to showcase the beauty of Banff – ended up being a 10-step self-help program for city girls turned wannabe campers.
Stay tuned tomorrow for a seriously DECADENT post filled with hiking, food and the most incredible views ever!