We started our tour with moose network from BC to Alberta that morning. Back then, that tour was the biggest one on their list...but, now when I visited there website...they have so many tours that I got confused about the tour we took. I think that one is not offered anymore. At present, I have a vague memory of the places and routes we took...so, I'll just write one big entry about the whole trip.
On this trip we met international tourists of all ages from around the world. On the first day when the tour driver/guide took us to a falls and asked us to start hiking...I remember that it was the first time I was hiking on a real trail...and it lead us to a beautiful fall. We also saw some caves on the way. But, when I was coming back it took me a while to get off from one of the cliffs (Now when I look back I just smile because I have come a long way in terms of hiking).
I remember looking at the wild goats on the mountains and we even saw grizzly bears and baby bears on the side of the highway eating purple flowers. I can never forget that.
We stayed at all sorts of hostels...from sleeping in a train boggie style funky hostel that had llamas and they made special veggie burgers for me and my husband, to a wooden lodge on a mountain that only opens two months during the summer and asks you to put the food and tooth paste in another cabin as grizzly bears love them, to some other sorts.
My husband is a vegetarian...and I only eat vegetarian or fish outside the house...so, we relied on fries, veggie wraps freshly made from grocery store items, and egg salad sandwiches to veggie burgers during our trip. Also, we had limited resources (i.e money)...hence, we were cautious about our food intake.
We have seen beautiful places on gondolas, on foot and on the van. We saw prestine lakes, rivers and serene surroundings. We visited places like kamploops, fraser river and valley, some national parks, banff, jasper etc. We also saw moraine lake, emerald lake and lake louise which are the best lakes in Alberta. When you visit those places you just want to sit there.
We also had some interesting stories as well...like one time we were clicking some photographs at a secluded lake...we heard some sounds...so, I told my husband that don't worry...it might be some ravens or birds...but, later when I saw in the map...we were standing in a grizzly bear habitat..Oh God...we ran as if there was going to be no tomorrow.
One time when we were in banff...we went to some mountains...and we were walking down from there to the downtown..then my husband saw a deer...and I got frightened and hidded myself behind him. Then, while walking he read a sign that beware...wolves in this area. At that point, we just ran...and stopped only when we reached downtown.
On the same night...when we started walking from the downtown towards our hostel...we forgot our way...and didn't even remember the name of the hostel...and didn't even have the address or phone number of that place...and then accidently turned on some grizzly bear street. Finally, we took a taxi and told the driver that we are staying at a hostel...he mentioned that there's only two hostels in that place..So, he agreed to take us to the nearest one first...and that turns out to be the one we were staying in. So, we thanked him and gave him money and came inside.
Not to forget, on one of the lakes our group decided to do canoeing...and our leader/driver encouraged us to do the same. We haven't done canoeing before in life...but, we did do on the canoe. It took me a while to follow my husband's instructions related to paddles. When we were coming back...we saw everyone was finishing up the activity...but we were not getting any closer. Then my husband pointed out that the tree and house we were looking at...wasn't even moving...meaning that we were moving the boat but it wasn't going anywhere. By that time...I was freaking out...and started reciting some prayers. All of a sudden...an air breeze came...changed the direction of our boat...and we started rushing towards the end of the lake. After that I decided that I'll never do canoeing in my life.
One time we even went to a glacier...which is part of some national park.
What else....hmmm, by the time we finished the tour and came back to vancouver we were craving for rice...and rushed to a nearby vietnamese restaurant and had rice, noodles and vegetable curry. I can never forget how delighted I was to eat rice..haha.
After that our journey back to toronto started. The whole trip from toronto to vancouver and back lasted two weeks. But, the beautiful places we saw will always be fresh in our memories