We are about to embark on the third and final College Graduation Trip! Diplomas were handed out Memorial Day weekend and the new job begins July 9, so this is our son Erik’s final hurrah and our special time together before he heads out into the “real world.”
The destination is the Canadian Rockies, and the focus will be on hiking in the mountains. Erik’s choice is one of those featured in National Geographic’s Drives of a Lifetime: 500 of the World’s Most Spectacular Trips. That’s a pretty good recommendation, even if he didn’t know it when he made his selection. After months of research, countless visits to TripAdvisor, and reading way too many reviews, we have all our reservations and are ready to depart on Saturday. Here is the basic plan:
- Arrive in Calgary and immediately head up the Icefields Parkway
- 3 nights in Lake Louise, hiking in Banff National Park
- 4 nights in Jasper, hiking in Jasper National Park, with a side-trip to Mt. Robson Provincial Park
- 1 final night in Banff, then return home
The goal was to limit moving around and maximize time spent outdoors. We also chose accommodations in simple cabins. Erik would have preferred “back country” lodgings, which require hiking in to reach them. That sounded like great fun, but the timing of our trip precluded such adventure, as they do not open until later in the season (something about snow conditions…).
If time, inclination and internet connections permit, I hope to blog along the way. But there is also something to be said for unplugging. If it comes to choosing between an evening bonfire and blogging, I already know which will win.