Our final day in Jasper was by far my favorite.
We got up early and checked out of our cabin, which was an AWESOME place to stay. I nabbed a room last minute, without much research. And I’m glad we stayed here instead of a hotel. It was a cosy little cabin, and a perfect setting for a getaway in the woods.
We had a bit of an overcast day on our second day at Jasper National Park. We didn’t have much of an agenda for the day. At the very least, we hoped to canoe/kayak on a lake.
Well that was an unexpected blog hiatus. Sorry for the radio silence! Let’s dust off the ol’ blog with some photos from our trip up north!
We had planned a trip to Banff a while back, but as we neared our departure date, we decided to shake up our itinerary a bit. After landing in Calgary, we decided to make the 5+ hour drive a little bit further north to Jasper National Park! That was a good choice.
At first, I was a little wary of making such a long drive just after an international flight. But honestly, driving the Icefields Parkway was one of the highlights of the trip.
We headed down to Joe’s Valley this past Labor Day weekend for some much anticipated outdoor bouldering. Our good friends Audrey and Ammon came with us, and we spent the final days of summer climbing some rocks!
One of our stops as we toured Germany was a small town called Schierling, where my Grandmother lived when she was young.
We drove through the forests where my grandmother would stand guard while her mother picked mushrooms, toured the school she attended as a child, walked inside the church where she had her first communion, visited with a distant relative (who treated us handsomely to some delicious German snacks!), and (after some searching) found the home where my Grandmother grew up.
Jordy is back! We can now resume our regularly scheduled program. He loved Asia, and his favorite stop was Hong Kong. We will share some of his photos and adventures from the trip, but I wanted to post some from our Sunday night drive last night.
I use this blog to document all our travels, but I have swept the every day happenings under the rug. So, I’ll try to do this more often. I’m gonna share random thoughts/links to things I find during the week. Sound good? No? Too bad. I’m in charge here. Jkjk.
// Jordan has been gone in Asia all week. I hate having him away, BUT I’ll admit. It has been a slower pace ’round these parts. And I’ve enjoyed it. Laze around the house? Dinner at 9? Heck, cereal for dinner? Sure! That being said, I AM ready for him to come home tomorrow.
// This article. I’m a sucker for nostalgia, and I think about my friends from my younger years all the time. I feel like social media has given me a false sense of closeness to these friends. This article made me wonder what it’d be like if I sat down with an old friend in real life. Would we pick up where we left off? Or would we feel like strangers?
// This is my favorite food blog. Of all time. Her love affair with food parallels my own. She knows my every craving. Speaking of, doesn’t this pizza look so dang good?
// Jord and I are prepping for our trip up to Banff in a few weeks. We’ve been looking at different AirBNB’s and lodges, but honestly? We might just rent a camper. I’m open to suggestions, too…
// School has already started here in Utah. I can’t even. But I refuse to let go of summer just yet. I took Kiko out last night on a little cruise around the neighborhood. It was perfect. And man, I feel like I’m failing to express my emotions through writing alone. I depend too heavily on emojis. I need a peace sign emoji to close us out. The struggle. It’s real.
Have a rad weekend, y’all!
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When people ask me about my trip to Germany, and what my favorite part of the trip was, I always say visiting family. My dad’s mother was born in Germany, and lived there into her teens before immigrating to America. It was fascinating to visit with relatives and imagine what life would have been like if we had been raised in Germany.
We visited my dad’s cousins and their children, shared stories and talked about how life in Germany compares to the US. The conversations were easy, like we were catching up after a long absence. They treated us to German goodies, and showed us old family photos.
Having the Wasatch mountain range in your backyard is both a blessing and a curse. We really do love living so close to the mountains. But we feel pretty guilty when we don’t take the time to spend our weekend in the outdoors. That’s why the hike to Lake Catherine is one of our favorites. The views are rewarding, and you can easily forget you’re just a mere 15 minute drive away from the city.
Continuing this series with a photographer I’ve known my whole life- Connie is my cousin! I’ve admired her photography work ever since she started her business, and it didn’t take long for her to realize how rad it is to shoot film! Here she is:
When/why did you start shooting film? What was your first film camera?
I very clearly remember taking a couple of disposable cameras to a field trip at Dana Point, California in 5th grade. I didn’t know anything about film but I fell in love with taking pictures that day.