Sipping my morning cuppa joe, I am sitting and typing this post from my lil’ apartment back in the land of cheese.
In other words, I made it home.
After a long 12 hours of travel, I arrived to Wisconsin safe, smelly and exhausted in the best way possible. Now, almost a day and a half later, I am still safe, smelly and exhausted in the best way possible. Good trips have a way of lingering like that.
Anyways…we still have days 6 + 7 to recap, so let’s get to it! After a lovely couple days hiking and camping (check here and here for recaps), Susan + I packed up the tent and headed back to Banff Monday morning. Once we had re-checked in to the YWCA, re-dropped off our bags and re-dropped off the tent, we were naturally starving.
Enter in: The Bison.
We had been eyeing this place for several days, and after sitting down, I am so glad we ate here. This mountain bistro was sleek + modern but with a lovely outdoorsy, rugged twist. Looking at the menu, I could not for the life of me decided what I wanted…
House Mixed Greens…black mission figs, maple walnuts with a Saskatoon berry vinaigrette?
Bison Onion Soup…caramelized onions, bison broth, red wine, garlic crouton, comte?
Roast Turkey + Gruyere...grainy mustard mayo, ovendried tomatoes, romaine?
Roast Turkey + Gruyere it was!
This sandwich was delicious. I think my favorite part was either the wonderfully seedy, multigrain baguette it was served on or this Greek Salad, which was actually chunks of veggies + feta instead of a leafy salad…
The rest of the day was spent at the internet cafe, walking around, making some dinner with the remnants of food leftover from camping (check out Susan’s post for the epic concoction) and just relaxing. Trust me, it was MUCH needed.
After a solid nine hours of sleep, we prioritized: #1 eat breakfast + #2 drink an extra extra large coffee.
On our morning walk to the coffeeshop, we marveled at the eerie cloud formations partially concealing the mountains all around us…
Very Sleepy Hollow, no?
Evelyn’s – a local java chain – was our coffee provider of choice the entire time in Banff. Who needs Starbucks when you have a lovely lady like Evelyn serving you coffee that tastes SO MUCH better?
Unfortunately, there were only a couple hours left before we had to catch a bus back to Calgary, so we quickly souvenir shopped and stopped by The Fudgery to buy some treats for the road. Another tough decision. Macaroons, bear claws, maple fudge…it was all too much for my raging sweet tooth to handle.
Finally, I chose a caramel nut apple and ate it while we walked to the bus station…
I want another.
After an hour a half on the bus, Calgary was once again in our sights…
Don’t you just love when trips (and life in general) go full circle? We started off our grand adventure in Calgary, so to come back was a bittersweet yet fully appropriate way to end things.
First stop…the Glenbow Museum!
Susan + I discovered we share a mutual love for Impressionism. Coincidentally, an Impressionist art exhibit was being held at the Glenbow. Fate? I think yes…
Our final stop – dinner at loungeburger!
That would be a Big Rock Grasshopper beer. Delish.
The reason for this visit was to meet-up with one of our fave eco-friendly bloggers…Allison from Eat Clean Live Green! She is incredibly sweet, kind and so much fun to talk to. In fact, us three ladies talked for three hours and forgot to take a picture together. Doh.
Since it was my last night in Canada, I figured it was time to go big or go home.
a.k.a. Sausage Burger time!
Your eyes do not deceive you.
Those ARE waffle fries.
And that IS a pretzel bun.
<Enter in 8 hours of sleep, 12 hours of travel and 1 tired me>
Over the course of those 12 traveling hours, I finished this AMAZING book…
Seriously, a fabulous read.
Alright…I gotta head to work, but it IS Friday so no complaining here :).
Happy (almost) weekend!