Mountains No More, Days 6 + 7

by Holly on June 18, 2010

in 2010 hiking trip,travel

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?

or

Bison Onion Soup…caramelized onions, bison broth, red wine, garlic crouton, comte?

or

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…

Freaking amazing.

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…

P.S. I got yelled at for taking that second photo, but it was so worth it. That is a Pierre-Auguste Renoir print of famed sculptor Auguste Rodin. Two of my favorite artists in one – I loves.

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!

{ 19 comments }

Whitney @ Lettuce Love June 18, 2010 at 10:24 am

That Renoir picture is awesome! I would have tried to sneak a photo too! I have heard such good things about that book, I’m waiting on my library to get it in:)

Sami June 18, 2010 at 10:50 am

Glad you had a great trip! That caramel apple looks yyummyyy! Happy Friday to you, darling!

Angharad June 18, 2010 at 10:53 am

Happy times my friend! It sounds like you had a proper amazing time!

Glad you are home safe and sound and super glad you ate a sausage burger! So are you in Minni this weekend? Enjoy what will hopefully be glorious weather tomorrow (I do not want to get rained on at rock the garden…) and let’s catch up soon! xx

Erica June 18, 2010 at 11:05 am

Nice! I love more local coffee shops! We also have a place nearby that has pretzel buns! Josh says it really makes their burgers! Glad you had such a nice trip. Hope you’re recooping well

Matt June 18, 2010 at 11:13 am

I WANT THAT BURGER!

claire June 18, 2010 at 11:40 am

Looks like the perfect close to your trip lady! Everything from the local coffee chain, renoir and rodin (love) art, and last meal and chat with fellow bloggers sounds absolutely lovely. Hope you are resting it up on this wonderful friday!

TorontoGirloutWest June 18, 2010 at 12:36 pm

I absolutely LOVE the afterglow of a good vacation!!! It basically reinforces just how awesome it really was.

And can I say how thrilled I am that your first visit to Canada was so good!?!? I hope you won’t be a stranger! Especially now that you know how to rock that “eh” or say “seriously” the Karen way! HA! :P

Danielle June 18, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Oh, my darling, this entire trip just sounds so wonderful. The sights, the food, the friends, the art, the books, everything must have been absolutely amazing. And you are oh so very deserving of it all!

By the way, I live by the real-life Sleepy Hollow. Is that cool, or what? ;)

And another thing… I will be in the place where you live on October 10th and 11th… wanna hang out?

Special K June 18, 2010 at 1:23 pm

I am wondering…WANT TO HAVE A BLOGGER meet up HERE in EUROPE??? You are more than welcome, anytime!

And jealous of your cup of joe! It’s hard to get a good one around here. No eco-friendly birkenstocks wearing (opps, wait, I live in GERMANY!)…

Kacy June 18, 2010 at 1:49 pm

I had a burger with a pretzel bun recently and it rocked my socks off. So amazing.

Glad you made it home safe!!!!

Susan June 18, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Oh oh! I had a Spolombos sandwich on my plane home! It must be a popular deli in Calgary? It was good – turkey with a sundried tomato tapenade. My sister also just signed up for a beef box – 10 lbs of meat a month. I’ll take it as a sign that me and hamburgers were meant to be ;)

Love you Holly!!! I’m about to sign up for a pass at one of the yoga studios here, and I’m seriously scared to try the ashtanga again :P

Katie June 18, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Really, there is nothing better than waffle fries. Also, my cousin works at the Rodin Museum in Philly…she’s around those incredible works all day!

Glad you are home safe and sound, Ms. Holly. xoxo

Madeline - Greens and Jeans June 18, 2010 at 3:32 pm

Girrrrrrl, I want to reach through the screen and gobble up those waffle fries. They look ALMOST as good as fried cheese curds. Almost.

Diana @ frontyardfoodie June 18, 2010 at 3:33 pm

haha, whenever I go to museums with my great uncles we always end up getting kicked out because they can’t keep their hands from touching everything. Seriously, they’re like five year olds sometimes.

I.want.pretzel.bun.

Justine Hampton June 18, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Holly, that sandwich looks fab!!! YUM< YUM< YUM!!! All the food you ate looks great. Whats the book about? Ill take it if I am the first to ask :)

~Justine

Jenna June 18, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Looks like ya had a blast!

maxinthegym June 18, 2010 at 8:10 pm

I’m glad you had a safe and amazingly deliciously fun trip! Send that caramel nut apple over here to me now!

kirstin June 19, 2010 at 1:14 am

I’m sure someone has e-mailed you about the book.. just in case i figured I’d ask if it was still available? your trip AND FOOD looks amazing!!

BroccoliHut June 19, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Pretzel bun AND waffle fries in the same meal?! It’s almost more than I could handle. Almost.

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