Finally we reached the Rocky Mountains and decided to stay a while. We set up camp in Banff National Park, with a prime view of a mountain Nick's father climbed in his younger days. From there we enjoyed day trips to beautiful spots in the park, such as Lake Louise, whose surreal blue water was almost unbelievable. We had fun chopping wood, playing catch, reading in the grass, and cooking over the fire. On that note - it's worth mentioning that meals were gourmet, ranging from tasty curries, to fancy pastas, to complicated salads. Dinner was no joke with Chef Shofield!
Afterwards we decided to take a dive south so we could hit the Crow's Nest Pass across the border into British Columbia. This way, not only could we take the beautiful windy road with the great views, but we could also drive right through the Okanagan Valley, where cherry and peach orchards were abundant, and beautiful vineyards lined the highway. There we stayed at a great campsite across from a beach and got to enjoy some lake swimming!
Like all good trips, this one came to an end at the beginning of July when John and I found ourselves finally in Prince George, British Columbia - the ultimate destination, not only for our trip, but for our lives for the next two years. We left our friends in Vancouver, where they attended a long-awaited wedding, and drove 10 hours north to start our Master's degrees at UNBC.
Sometimes no amount of words can wrap up a month-long journey across a country, but a couple short YouTube videos seem to do the trick. Made by Nick Schofield - the creative superstar who will never let us forget all the laughs and beautiful sights we shared together.