Rotation Vacation: Beautiful Banff

So many emotions and to-do lists run through my mind when my husband is due home from his rotation. Excitement tops the list, with makeup in check, hair in order, and dinner on the table.  On some visits, those magical moments of rekindling affection really only last until the following day, when you realize he actually wants dinner again. Honey, don’t you know I’ve been eating cereal every night?  But other times, like our most recent visit together, are so romantic and fun with laughter-filled moments that I’d gladly cook up a daily five-course feast for just a few more days.

We’ve been living with a 10 & 4 rotation since April. That means my bread-winner works for 10 days straight and gets 4 days off. Unfortunately on our Canadian assignment, my husband is needed on site (where they produce that dark, smelly, valuable stuff) which happens to be an hour-plane ride from Calgary. For 10 days straight, give or take a few depending on the circumstances, we lead separate lives. Me in my luxury furnished apartment, while he sleeps in a smelly old campsite.  Guilt and longing for my partner are just a few of the emotions running through me.

But one of the perks of rotation-based life are those blissful 4 days you get together. Like a break from reality, we try to make the most of our time and use those few days as mini-vacations. This time around we decided to explore beautiful Banff, only 1.5 hours away from our apartment. We decided against staying there for the evening, instead we went late afternoon for a leisurely day of exploration.

Banff roadside scenery

From the car, on the way to Banff National Park.

Banff is a quaint little town located in Banff National Park right along the Rockies in Alberta.

Banff Avenue

Walking along Banff Avenue downtown.

Banff Avenue 2

Very cute old town feeling, with coffee shops, fudgeries and restaurants on either side of Banff Avenue.

We started by riding the gondola up to the summit of Sulphur mountain, reaching 7,486ft (2,281m) high.  It’s a bit pricey at Canadian $35 for an 8 minute ride, but once you reach the top you realize it’s completely worth it. It’s breathtaking. You feel completely secluded, surrounded by the majestic mountains that remain vastly untouched by man.Thank you trip advisor reviewers for the adamant recommendations!

Summit of Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park

From the summit of Sulphur Mountain in Banff National Park.

Summit of Sulphur Mountain in Banff 2

More scenery from the very top.

We traded cameras with more than a few couples, taking pictures for one another. Because that’s how friendly tourists in Canada roll.

Summit of Sulphur Mountain in Banff 3

Even more scenery.

Houston at the summit of Sulphur Mountain in Banff

Look what we found!

Afterwards we tried to have dinner at one of the nicer restaurants in Banff, but realized we sort of dropped the ball by not making a reservation (bad move on Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.)  So funnily enough, we ended up having dinner at Chili’s. Just a little taste of home! Finally we ended the evening at Evelyn’s Coffee House on Banff Avenue. I tasted the pumpkin spiced latte which is all the rage during this time of year. I’ll go for anything pumpkin, by the way. Don’t get me started on pumpkin pie.

Elk in Banff

Look who we found after dinner!

While trying to capture the scenery with my husband’s old android, and actually do it some justice, a part of me wished I had taken up some proper photography lessons. I may need to invest into something like that for the future. I have so many trips planned to share with you, dear readers. Until then, I’ll be on my own for the next 10 days, filling my days with random contemplations and attempted adventures. Tune in!

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