Where does one even begin? I guess from the beginning. Wednesday night, we headed straight to the border from North Dakota where my two Nashville babes drove the 22 hours to pick me up. The first stop I was most excited about because it was completely new territory for me to explore. Banff National Park has been on my wish list for years so when the girls said that’s where they wanted to go too, I knew I was all in!
We had a quick “interview” at customs in Portal, ND, drove until we were tired & stopped in Swift Creek in Saskatchewan for the night. The next morning we drove the last 6 hours into Banff.
The village of Banff is freaking adorable. A little touristy (busy!!) for my taste but lots to do & see. Great bars & restuarants & all that good stuff.
Not a bad place to camp.
Banff is beyond picturesque. My pictures won’t dare do it justice. Like jumping into a painting. The day we arrived it was a little smokey from the wildfires but those just added to the dreamy like effect.
The weather was pretty perfect when we arrived so we decided to seek out Johnson Lake, Lake Minnewanka for that blue water & lastly the hot springs.
After the hot springs we wanted to watch the sunset over the mountains so we stumbled upon these falls on our drive back into the park.
After the falls we (naturally) ventured out on the town for Poutine & drinks.
On our way out to breakfast we stumbled upon a group of Moose (meeses?). Pretty majestic. We had only a 4 hour drive to Glacier National Park so we loaded up on Ketchup chips (!!!!!!!!!) & Kinder toys & headed back down to the border.
We arrived at Glacier National Park & set up camp at Johnson’s camp right outside the park in St. Mary’s. We decided to make a pit stop at Kip’s beer garden for a beverage before our evening drive & hike.
This was my second time at Glacier so I knew what to expect but was super excited for the girls to see it & to explore more.
We drove to Logan Pass & hiked on the Highline trial while the sun was setting.
Lots of dreamy wild flowers along the trail.
In. My. Element.
The next morning we woke up & hiked our way up to St. Mary’s Falls.
It was a quick hike with a big reward. The water was so blue! It took everything inside of me not to jump in.
The hike back up was a bit rough but totally worth it with those views!
The next car ride was through Montana into Wyoming with a brief stop in Billings, Montana where I discovered that I left my wallet at the gift shop in Glacier-total Mary move.
On the side of the road in Eastern, Wyoming.
We stopped in Casper, WY for a night, woke up & drove to Denver for one last hurrah before my flight home on Monday. My brother was so generous in letting us crash at his place for the night. So we got semi-gussied up & hit up a few bars & Karaoke-which is my #1 favorite past time.
So lucky to have these babes & to have friends that mirror your restless need for adventure, living life fully & on your own terms.