Sunday, November 1, 2015

Hiking a Honeymoon

Ah. It's November. Summer is finally fading here in Santa Cruz. Well, kind of. It's still 80 degrees out some days but cool enough in the mornings to wear boots to work. Maybe it will rain ... maybe ...

Our summer was amazing, largely because M and I got married (!!) and went on an epic, outdoorsy honeymoon adventure in Glacier National Park and Banff National Park.

We backpacked about 50 miles total, plus some day hikes. There are lots of stories to share, but for now, here are some photos.

(clockwise from top) Driving from Waterton Lakes to Banff; us at Waterton Lakes; our digs at Waterton Lake -- the Prince of Wales Hotel; hitchhiking efforts; us at Lake McDonald; signs of an active wildlife in Glacier National Park.

(clockwise from top) A chairlift ride at Lake Louise ski resort; Morraine Lake; the river in Lake Louise under full moon; a  glacier above Lake Louise; Canadian Rockies; the bucolic view on the drive from Waterton to Banff. 

Lake McDonald

The view from our campsite near Granite Park Chalet; the lake at Many Glacier. 

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