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Spent the 4th of July in Canada

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How un-American of us!  But this year we were on our camping trip in Glacier and Banff, instead of partying with our friends, watching fireworks from their deck, like we’d done every other 4th.  We drove into Canada yesterday, and today we spent the day hiking near Lake Louise.  And while Miles was sad about missing our annual party (that boy loves tradition), he got over it pretty quickly, especially since we had such a spectacular day in Canada.

We spent the day in Banff, hiking a trail that started at the unbelievably beautiful Lake Louise and and ended up high near the glaciers.  The hike was 3.5 miles each way, and I’m sure the kids would have begged to turn around sooner, had there not been promises of cake at the top, which we’d heard they served at a chalet at the end of the trail.  As we got closer and closer to the top, we started doubting that this said chalet even existed, but we persevered, and YES! we finally got to the chalet, and to the tea and chocolate cake.  So perfect.

The chalet was built in 1920, and has been run by the same family since then.  It was a beautiful little stone two story building, nestled next to glaciers (which are practicly gone now), with no electricity, just propane, and supplies that are brought in by horseback.  The woman who runs the place was working there, and she actually grew up living at the chalet for five months of the year.  How cool.

So while we weren’t celebrating Independence Day in our country, we sure did enjoy the country we were in, which is so close to where we live, and so similar in some ways, yet so different in others.  And while I’m sorry I missed our annual fête with our most favorite of friends, I can’t imagine a day any better than this one.

Here are some pics from our awesome day:

Hike Lake Louise