Bummin’ + Campin’, Day 4

by Holly on June 15, 2010

in 2010 hiking trip,travel

Before I continue to regale you with traveling stories from the tip top of the Canadian Rockies, read up on Day 1 in Calgary as well as Days 2 +3 in Banff if you haven’t yet. They were epic. Promise.

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
maple jelly
maple fudge
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…

The Banff Tea Company!

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).

No shame.

We picked up some raw desserts from the Wild Flour Cafe (seen on yesterday’s post) to enjoy post-lunch, including a raw cinnamon roll + raw almond square.

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 5: Power through your bear-fearing blues and start a fire. For the record, both Susan and Karen can attest to me starting this fire on my own with nothing more than matches, leaves + twigs.

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!

{ 23 comments }

Run Sarah June 15, 2010 at 11:47 pm

Gorgeous photos! Looks like you guys are having a blast. I had no idea you could rent a tent either, how convenient!

claire June 16, 2010 at 12:33 am

I am so envious of your trip and so happy to see that you had such a wonderful time lady! It all looks amazing and looks like you managed some good eats too! Oh, and you are lucky you could bring all that tasty fresh food…my boyf is a big backpacker and tells me that we can’t bring foods that are “smell-able” by bears…yikes! I guess he had a scary experience once and now hangs his food up high on a tree 20 ft away…no joke!

Erica June 16, 2010 at 5:15 am

More fun! I am excited to hear what your favorite part of the trip was and favorite meal. I often wonder why soccer is so much more popular outside the US. I enjoy playing soccer but watching it is just not that much fun? Way to be a wilderness woman. And that is totally my kind of sandwich.

Lauren June 16, 2010 at 5:56 am

Oh my goodness, this trip looks sensational! I am so happy you got to experience this!!!

Wait, Kraft makes Gouda? LoL Radom!!!!

Jenna June 16, 2010 at 6:56 am

Trip looks great!!

crunchy granola gal June 16, 2010 at 6:59 am

Oooh what fun! I haven’t been camping in at least… Three years now?! I miss it! Mosquitoes, grunginess factor, peeing in the woods- all of it!

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) June 16, 2010 at 7:13 am

Ahhh…you’re making me crave camping. I used to go alll the time as a kid but haven’t in ages (due to the fact that a local friend rents out a house for cheaper than it is to camp…kind of good and bad all at the same time ;) ). It looks like you’re all having a blast! :D

Whitney @ Lettuce Love June 16, 2010 at 7:27 am

This trips looks amazing! I am dying to go to Banff, everything is so pretty

Kristin (Salty Tooth) June 16, 2010 at 8:36 am

Everyday your trip makes me jealous! Also, that tea shop looks amazing.

Angharad June 16, 2010 at 8:44 am

I’m not gonna lie…you know that I can’t get over the name “minnewanka”. Good grief!

Those lakes are the most beautiful things I’ve seen in a while. Please feel free to gloat in your vacation heaven whilst I am tip-tapping away at my desk at 8.30 in the morning. Sigh.

Bison burger = amazing on a plate!

Charlotte June 16, 2010 at 9:51 am

Ummm…was that a danceline pose I saw?! Love it.

Jess June 16, 2010 at 9:56 am

Wow–looks like you’re having an amazing time!! So beautiful, even the food ;)

<3 jess

Ka June 16, 2010 at 10:17 am

I don’t get soccer either. Not even a little.

That lake is so gorgeous, looks like an ocean!

Erin June 16, 2010 at 10:18 am

I too am a city girl turned wannabe camper! I’ll be making my first expedition in at least 5 years to a state park next month. My husband is a wannabe hiker, so we’ll be camping pretty minimalist. No smellable foods, as another commenter mentioned, although we are far from bear country. No need to attract unwanted attention. ;)

I’m also loving the photos of your trip. They’re gorgeous and are definitely piquing my interest in visiting Canada.

Madeline - Greens and Jeans June 16, 2010 at 10:25 am

You guys are too flipping cute. How beautiful is Banff?! I’m fully expecting to see pictures of hot Canadians and tourists in the next post though…

samantha June 16, 2010 at 10:29 am

those.lakes.are.gorgeous. i am craving some nature, man!

grilled gouda and apple sandwich? someone is going to be copying you sometime soon. (hint: i will be makign that sandwich)

Kacy June 16, 2010 at 10:35 am

Yeah so my name’s Kacy no Ka, guess I got distracted. Sorry about that :)

Jamie @ Tearaveler June 16, 2010 at 11:08 am

I’m so incredibly jealous of your camping adventure!!! I LOVE camping!!! Just don’t keep food in your tent (or tooth paste, I heard) and the bears will leave you alone… but a cool thing to do, if they don’t have locks on, is to go watch the bears in the dumpsters (if they do that in Canada… probably not, but I just thought I’d share! – it might be a Minnesota bear thing!)

Lindsey @ Foodie on the Rocks June 16, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Loving the Banff posts! I’m hoping to get up there for the film festival this year!

Katie June 16, 2010 at 3:12 pm

The Rocky Mountains are so incredible – I think you should move closer to them (aka close to me). Also, I care WAY more about your bison burger/sweet ‘tater fries than I do about the World Cup…we’re in the same boat.

Laura June 16, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Looks as though you are having a fab time! some of those pics are absolutely stunning! and i laughed out loud at the “before and after” plates from your meal hehehe xx

janetha June 16, 2010 at 4:46 pm

4 posts of SHEER DELIGHT! wish i could have joined you ladies!

Molly June 17, 2010 at 12:47 am

Oh.my.word. GORGEOUS! I wish I could have been there for those scenes, humor, food, and good times. I bet you had a blast! Can’t wait to see more pics! Yippee!

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