Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Great Canadian Honeymoon Part I

Hello there little blog, it has been quite some time has it not? The past two months have been full to the brim of so many things, like having my best friend here for three weeks, preparing for my wedding, getting MARRIED, going on a honeymoon, and then settling into our little cottage. But I'm back to blogging now and I am excited to keep using this space as a creative outlet. Let's start with a recap of our honeymoon. We took a grand road trip through Canada, with out first stop being Victoria, BC.
Boarding our ferry out of Port Angeles, WA > Victoria, BC
We stayed in an amazing Air B&B. We highly recommend finding places that way. We had fresh muffins, fruit, granola, and coffee every morning. Our bathroom had a vintage claw foot tub and we had a few of the Olympics across the Strait of Juan de Fuca 
 We walked all around Victoria, 8 miles total. The architecture was truly stunning and it gave us a little taste of Europe (sadly, a place we have never been, but one day!)
Victoria was the one "big" city we were in on our entire trip, so we took advantage of all the culture it had to offer ( and culture to us means coffee and bakeries, obviously). 
Habit Coffee was a delicious afternoon pick me up. Plus I loved the design of the place.
Mike made me walk up this big hill to see this castle. I was all grumpy about it but that changed as soon as it came into view. BEAUTIFUL!
 Mike outside the parliament building. 
We headed out of Victoria to Whistler, BC. We took a ferry to Vancouver and then drove up on the Sea-to-Sky highway. We were only in Whistler one night, which I was sort of grateful for, it wasn't our favorite place to be. It was really touristy and the village made me feel like I was in some suburban mall.  Yet it was still the mountains and still gorgeous. We took a hike on the drive up to this amazing waterfall. 
 The next morning we drove east towards Banff and were in awe of pretty much every view we saw. The landscape was so incredible, mountains turning into the high dessert is such a beautiful transition.
 We camped outside of Kamloops, BC. I knew there was a chance of thunderstorms in the evening but I didn't think too much of it. We set up our rain fly just in case. 
 Around 9pm we heard thunder in the distance and it slowly became louder and louder and the rain got heavier and heavier. Soon we were in the middle of a torrential downpour where the thunder was so loud it shook the ground and the lightning was right on top of us. Of course I assumed we were going to die and it was going to be so tragic and the news would cover it as the American couple who was on their honeymoon and got struck by lightening. Clearly none of that happened and we lived, but still, it was pretty terrifying. 
 Other than the thunderstorm, camping felt so good after staying in a yucky hotel in Whistler. We got a lot of reading and pipe smoking time in (well Mike was the one who smoked the pipe).
We are so grateful that we received so many camping gifts from our registry. They came into great use during our trip.

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