Has anyone else noticed it’s getting brighter out earlier in the morning? It’s making me feel like summer is right around the corner…only 116 more days! [Ok so maybe its still down the street and around a couple corners, but still].
I haven’t done a travel post in a while so today I thought I’d share some photos from the Heli-Snowshoeing tour Matt and I went on last spring. I had found a Groupon for the tour before Christmas, and since Matt is really hard to shop for I thought buying him a cool experience would be way better then buying him more stuff.
Plus you know, then I’ll get to enjoy it to 😉
The helicopter base was in Kananaskis which is just outside of Banff. It was supposed to be a 20 minute helicopter ride through the mountains, with a break halfway through the flight for some snowshoeing. Matt and I are wimps when it comes to cold weather so we ended up booking our tour for early March in the hopes that the weather would be a bit warmer [we were also able to get a sweet deal for a room at the Fairmont in Lake Louise that weekend. Go big or go home right?]
As it turned out, all that planning around warmer weather didn’t really matter because when we checked the forecast a couple days before our trip, it was calling for HEAVY snow in Lake Louise and Banff that weekend. By the time we arrived in Lake Louise on Friday afternoon, the skies were pretty grey and it was already snowing pretty hard.
On Saturday morning, we woke up to even grayer skies. Honestly though, by this point both Matt and I were having so much fun exploring the trails around the lake, relaxing in the hot tub, and checking out all the restaurants in the hotel that we weren’t going to be upset if our Heli-Tour was cancelled. Sure enough, I got a call after breakfast saying there was no way they could fly that day and we’d have to re-schedule.
So we’ll have to plan another trip to Banff? Oh darn.
Our Groupon was actually supposed to be used up before the end of March, but the Heli-Tour company was super accommodating and allowed us to re-schedule in May, which was just in time for our 1 year wedding anniversary. I probably checked the forecast everyday the week leading up to the tour. As much as we were excited about spending another weekend in Banff, we didn’t want to re-schedule a third time. Thankfully, when we left the city on Friday morning it was looking like we’d definitely be able to fly on Saturday.
But this is the best part:
Not too long after we arrived at the helicopter base on Saturday morning, one of the girls at the counter informed us that the other couple we were supposed to fly with didn’t show up. She wanted to know if it be ok if they upgraded us onto another tour that left 20 minutes later but flew 40 minutes longer?
Well…I guess if you have to…[as I’m jumping up and down inside my head squealing with excitement].
The day really couldn’t have turned out better. Matt and I had so much fun, and it’s something we’ll remember forever.