My eyes welled with tears as I drove on Hwy 93. The mountains were in full view and the closer I got the more emotional I felt. So I pulled over to get a hold of myself and marvel at the beauty before me. I love driving in the mountains especially when the roads are clear. I was so relieved that I didn’t have to fight icy roads and asshole drivers. For the most part, I had the highway to myself.
I left early in the morning with a vague idea of where I was going. Later this week I am staying at a cute, little red cabin before I spend a week in Panorama. I stopped in Radium where I booked two nights at a resort. It’s that shoulder season where there’s not a lot of people around so I got a good deal on a one-bedroom suite at Bighorn Meadows Resort. (I didn’t bring half my kitchen including my Vitamix for nothing).
Yes I am on holiday for the next two weeks.
Most people I know would take a winter getaway to some place warm like the Caribbean or Mexico. The more I thought about holidaying in the Caribbean, the more guilty I felt about having fun in these destinations while communities are trying to rebuild after the recent devastating hurricanes. Besides I can only handle so much at the beach before I go a little crazy.
So here I am in Radium! I got in around 3:30 p.m. I spent some time walking around in Banff earlier in the morning. I had to break up the four-hour drive. I would have liked to get a run in today but I am a little drained from the driving. I have a nice 20K run planned for tomorrow. It’s supposed to be warmish tomorrow so I won’t have to worry about my water freezing.
I’ve never been here before so it’s all very exciting for me. Those mountain views simply take my breath away.
Right now I am chilling by the fireplace with a glass of wine. (After I finish posting, I will pick up a book.)
Yes wine. Some of you may know I took a break from drinking alcohol. I wanted to clear my head and improve my sleeping. I found the more stressed I became, the more I reached for a glass of wine. That’s not a healthy coping strategy so I decided to stop. Five months later, the fog has lifted.
It’s so picturesque and romantic by the fireplace …. I couldn’t help but have a glass of red.
I will be blogging during my trip because quite frankly I have missed writing and taking pictures. I’ve brought along my Canon and a Sony point and shoot so you won’t miss anything.