OH MAN OH MAN
Alberta easily made my top 5 list of favorite places in the world. Whats the other 4 you ask? BACK OFF MAN MAYBE ILL WRITE ABOUT IT.
Anywho, Alberta was awesome. To show you that, this is literally what a pee break looks like in Alberta
I should also explain however. Alberta is home to the voted, number one most scenic highway in the world, the Icefields Parkway. Its covered in national parks in the Canadian Rockies so its just eye candy as far as the eye can see.
The kickoff to Alberta was special. We had the privilege of visiting and walking on top of the Athabasca Glacier. It was my first experience with anything like it and I was blown away.
This was the peak of summer so we were walking on a melting glacier which, when you hear that, seems sketchy. Then your guide tells you about Moulins and Crevasses and how they're death traps, so you get a kick of adrenaline from your brain saying "PAY ATTENTION RIGHT NOW IDIOT"
But the nice thing about melting glaciers is that youll get some of the best drinking water EVER
After our glacier trek, it was time for a two amazing rest stops followed by my favorite stop on this trip: Banff National Park
And on to the town of Banff. Banff is a stereotypical Canadian town where strangers smile and say hey to you and its creepy or nice I haven't decided yet.
Banff is simply amazing. The weather, people, and places are all just pleasant. What else made Banff amazing, is that it was also home to my favorite place on my favorite trip, Lake Moraine.
Why Moraine Lake Robin? Why not Lake Louise? Don't you know Lake Louise is the most photographed lake in the world?
Lake Louise is trash. It looks like someone poured milk into what was once a pretty lake and was full of selfie stick toting tourists.
Please compare the top picture of a garbage bin to the amazing, jaw dropping picture below of Moraine Lake.
After I had my mind blown in Banff, it was off to Calgary for the Calgary Stampede. Imagine if a fair had a baby with a rodeo, and thats the Calgary Stampede. I had lots of unhealthy food and finally SOME POUTINE.
Poutine, for those of you who might not know, is a Canadian standard that sounds terrible on paper. Its comprised of french fries, gravy, bacon, and cheese curds. Disgusting right? WRONG. Its amazing. I imagine its the Carne Asada Fries of Canada.
After the stampede, we exited Banff National Park, and entered Yoho, home to our last scenic stop at our last glacial lake.
Emerald Lake (above) was just as scenic and way less crowded so I'm just assuming this is all of Canada.
After Emerald Lake, the gang did get to go white water rafting but I don't have any pictures of that, so just know that it was wet, wild, and COLD like having sex in the snow with a bear (I imagine).
That basically concluded my trip in Canada. Again, I don't know how I got lucky enough to visit there as a job. I remember having a thought about a year ago thinking how awesome it would be to be to visit Canada. At the time of writing this, I've already been there again and know I'll find myself there again soon.
This trip has opened my eyes to how addicting traveling can be, and how if any time, now is the time to do it. When else are you going to be able to truly travel then in your early twenties? in a few years your going to find yourself trapped by your career or by family. I strongly feel that if you have the means but are either just nervous or cautious, be like Nike and just do it. The memories made will 100% be worth an extra year behind a desk.
Also, Im still strongly considering buying a bus and living in it down by the river.