If you're from Alberta and you've never been to Waterton National Park, let me tell you, you don't know what you are missing. It is lovely, and wonderful, and you seriously need to go. NOW.
We really wanted to go
to Waterton for the entire July long weekend. We had visions of tenting
it in the camp ground there, hiking every day, and thoroughly enjoying
However, the campground was full, so we had to make other plans. We
headed to Raymond, pitched our tent in my brother's back yard, and
planned a day trip to Waterton instead.
It turned out a
blessing, because on the first night there was a major storm in the
middle of the night, and I got sick (like puke my guts out sick), and so
we went into the house and slept there instead. Our day trip, due to my
budding relationship with the toilet, was shortened as well. But, we
were determined to make it to Waterton, so as soon as I emptied
absolutely everything in my stomach, thereby reducing the likelihood of
further puking, we jumped in the ol' minivan and headed out.
I mentioned that I love Waterton? It was really busy, being the long
weekend and all, and we really just wandered around and checked out the
sites, but it was still fun. We will have to go back again this summer
for a real adventure, but our short perusal was even worth the drive.
walked through town to the shores of Waterton Lake. It's a glacier fed
lake and incredibly cold. When I was little my Grandpa Jackson used to
offer us a dollar a stroke - out. You really had to determine how much
money you wanted, and how far you could possibly get before your
muscles started ceasing. I remember my brother Matt and cousin Eli
needing to be rescued because they couldn't make it back to shore - but
they definitely made the most money doing it.
stopped to check out the Prince of Wales hotel. Excess Baggage
anyone? (If you know that reference, you are officially my favourite.)
Maybe one day our Waterton plans will include a room at the Prince of
Wales instead of a 10 person tent at the camp ground. Maybe.
We stopped for a short picnic lunch, which Atticus fully enjoyed. Have I mentioned what a wonderful baby he is? Well, he is. I love him.
then we went to Cameron Falls, and our planned hike actually became
just walking up the paved path to the lookout above the falls. It was
dangerous though, at least according to the signage. That's okay, it
gives us a reason to go back, soon.
Another successful adventure under our belts! I'm beginning to like this summer.