How about a little Led Zeppelin to kick off your Saturday morning as we take you on a little trip to the land of the ice and snow. As you know we recently returned from a little vacation to the North. Alberta, Canada to be exact. This was our first trip to the province and our first trip to the mountains in the fall.
We started the trip with a stop in Edmonton. While Mike was working, the kids and I had a day all to ourselves, and what better way to spend it than making our first stop at a museum.
We spent all morning at the Telus World of Science playing airplane, building and exploring.
The kids even put a little music in their steps.
And Miss A made me some very fancy glasses.
After a few good hours at the museum when then set off for West Edmonton Mall at the recommendation of Barb from Profiteroles & Ponytails. Great suggestion Barb – this was the highlight of the kids’ trip. The West Edmonton Mall is the largest mall in North America (owned by the same group that operates the Mall of America) and features an ice rink, amusement park, water park and even a life-size replica of Christopher Columbus’ ship, The Santa Maria.
The kids’ highlight of the mall, well, and mine too, was the play park. A giant tubular climbing structure. We had at least a two-hour adventure in here. You’d be amazed how dark those tunnel slides can be!
So after a fabulous day in Edmonton, it was time to set off for the mountains.
It was a stunning and crisp morning. The mountains looked spectacular and the fall colors were so vivid. I think we spent most of the drive with our mouths hung open. Even the kids were impressed.
And we thought Minnesota was the land of 10,000 lakes.
We’ve searched Colorado high and low for some big horn sheep, and here these guys were, just chilling roadside.
Now while we have seen a few glaciers in the Colorado Rockies, the glaciers we saw along the Icefields Parkway seemed so much bigger. It’s hard to imagine what the world looked like during the ice age, but this sure gives you a new perspective.
Nothing serene about these two though – they were clamoring to get out on a trail.
Mr. N even tried his hand at photography. Not too bad for his first time with my big camera.
And finally, we ended our night in Banff.
Next post we’ll share one of our favorite meals from the adventure along with a few more pics of the journey. Until then, Barb, thanks again for the recommendations. Having now been to Toronto, Montreal, and the mountain towns of Alberta I can honestly say Canada is fast becoming one of my favorite places – ice, snow and all.