This was one of my favourite weeks of the year. Our friends Jason and Kim invited us to go to Canmore with them for the weekend. Kim is a master at planning and was going to arrange everything. A couple of days later, Jason e-mailed Tom asking if we wanted to go dog sledding. Say what? Dog sledding? The adventurer in me immediately said, “Hell to the YES!.” So, in March 2014, I went dog sledding.
While I’m the adventurer in the relationship, Tom is the planner. I love the picture of his turn by turn print out of how to get to the hotel. While he was showing me the map he stops and asks, “Are you taking a picture of me?” Yes, my Love, I definitely am. I love his neuroses. We rented an SUV and drove 4 hours to Stoneridge Mountain Resort. Things I don’t want to forget: Getting onto the highway and part of the rubber on the windshield starting to flap about. Hearing a weird howling while driving (turns out it was just a weird windy patch and not our vehicle falling apart).
Our room was beautiful. Actually, it was more like a little apartment than a room. As part of our room package we were given a $100 voucher to the Iron Goat so we went there for dinner. The food was totes amazing, people. I would go back there in a heartbeat. I almost ate myself into a food coma that night. Things I don’t want to forget: The size of the bathroom and the size of the shower. You could fit FOUR people in that shower and not be too smooshed. In contrast, how small the bedroom was. You practically had to shuffle to get down the side of the bed. The chipotle mango duck wings and the hot fudge cream puff. The noisy booth next to us, who were so loud our waitress gave us a round of drinks on the house.
This week turned into a 4-page layout because there was just so much to share!
The next morning we went dog sledding. I had to buy some outdoors gear because I realized most of my winter wardrobe was meant to walk from a building to a car and a car to a building. Is it bad of me that I returned most of it when I got back? #badperson. We were picked up from our hotel in one of those shuttle buses and driven up the side of a mountain at alarming speeds, while we filled out accident waivers. Good times. When we arrived we were assigned a driver and a dog team. All the dogs were tied to a long rope and I helped Sally get them onto the pull line while Tom anchored the sled. Things I don’t want to forget: How loud the dogs became once they learned they were getting harnessed up to run again. Our Australian dogsled driver calling the dogs muppets (or really, “moppets.”) How beautiful the scenery was. How the dogs were much smaller than I expected them to be. How unbelievably fun it was.
We stopped after 10 KM and had cookies and hot chocolate. On the way back Sally asked us if we wanted to drive the sled. Ummmm….YES! I hopped on the back and hung on for dear life while we zoomed through at Mach 3. Okay, I know it wasn’t Mach 3 but it sure felt that way. I nearly fell off a few dozen times and I actually bruised my palms from holding on so tightly. WORTH IT! Tom was up next for driving and came to the conclusion he’s rather stay in the sled next time. It’s a lot of work back there. After our adventure we headed to Rocky Mountain Flatbread for dinner and then wandered around Canmore. That evening we went to Rustica Steakhouse for some of the best steak in my life! Oh my gosh. Maple roasted root vegetables? Yum. The only downside was we were there for 3 hours. Three hours. I’m not even exaggerating. Not quite sure what happened there, but there was pretty much an hour between courses. Still worth it. We drove back on the Sunday and stopped in at the Donut Mill because I just wasn’t ready to end my adventure. I’m so glad we did because they were some of the most amazing pastries I’ve ever had. Amazing. I want to drive there right now. Things I don’t want to forget: The orange creamsicle donut. Taking the scenic route back. How Tom drove around without question so I could find the right lunch spot.
I used Road Trip from Paislee Press for the majority of this layout, along with some elements from my Hello Story class. Hello Story is still one of my favourite classes I have ever taken. If she does a third installment of it you should probably check it out.
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