Hi everyone! I'm back from a mini vacation out to the Canmore/Banff area wanted to share some wonderful pics. I hope they will help remind all my fellow writers to make time for the beauty around us. Writing is stressful, and breaks can help us get in tune with our creativity. So get out there and look, smell...experience!
This is the world famous Banff Springs Hotel from the back. We drove around the front but I couldn't get a good shot from the car. It was amazing, and even had a bag piper playing on the stone steps. I don't even want to think how much it would cost to stay here!
Another spectacular view of the mountains. Just incredible!!
Okay, so I had to get a shot of this tree I found on a hiking trail. It reminded me of Medusa with the branches growing every which way. I don't know which mountain we were climbing up, but we dubbed it 'Hello Kitty Mountain" because the top peaks reminded us of cat ears.
This is Little Bows Falls, a fierce roaring tumult of water that makes me scared to wonder what a 'Big Bow Falls' might look like...
I thought this was a nice view from the cliff side above Little Bow...
Here's another cool-looking tree, clinging to the cliffs above 'Little Bow Falls'. I figure this must be close to the starting point of the Bow, a major river bisecting Calgary (which runs right past my house). That's oldest there, leaning on the stone pillar...
In Banff we took the kids to an Indian Trading Post. It's been years since I've been in one, and I've missed the smell of leather from the moccasins and other tanned products.
Imagine my surprise when I also came across a decades-old news article regarding a creature found in Lake Superior: a MERMAN!
And here, irrefutable PROOF that mermen exist! I mean, they had its skeleton in a glass showcase, people! So OF COURSE THIS IS THE GENUINE ARTICLE.
Just remember, you saw it here first!
This is my view from the softest, thickest bed of moss you could possibly imagine. My family and I lay here for quite a while, staring up at the clouds high above us. Had I been alone, I probably would have fallen asleep it was so comfy, and no bugs to speak of. Heaven!
Finally a pretty flower I found springing up from the mossy undergrowth.
Have you stopped to smell the flowers lately?