Originally I was going to write a "what to pack" post, a "where to go" post and "my trip" post, however Banff Canada was full of so many beauties and surprises there was no way for me to condense my trip down to one small blog post. So I'm breaking my posts down by each day with a final blog post of what I packed, what I wished I'd packed and where to go in the beautiful great North of the Rockies.
Day one was mostly spent driving in an on and off again drizzle of rain. Every part of the day brought us beautiful views. We first stopped in the smaller, yet never disappointing town of Sandpoint, ID at a favorite stop - Evan Brothers Coffee. If you want good fresh baked pastries and in-house organic coffee this is your place.
We continued northbound and finally reached the USA/Canadian border, which both my mom and I got a kick out of. Versus a fence, they have mowed a part of the forest down all the way to separate the US/Canadian line. Once in Canada I instantly got hit over the head with driving in kilometers versus MPH and it honestly took my a couple days to get used to looking at the smaller numbers on my speedometer.
Our first night we stayed at the Johnston Canyon resort, which was chosen because it's a hop skip and a jump away from the trail head of Johnston Canyon. Our little cabin bungalow was wonderful. It was simple but warm, with a good bathroom, comfy bed/bedding and a porch equipped with comfy adirondack chairs. Once we arrived we were so exhausted that we pretty much called our hubbies, got in our jammy's and went to bed.
Lessons learned: remember to drive in kilometers versus MPH, don't faint at the sticker shock of gas prices and remember they price by litter not gallons, buy a map, make sure you buy the biggest package of data for international travel on your phone, you can pull that countries currency from any ATM with your american debit card but you will received an international service charge of up to a dollar on your account, research possible restaurant stops before hand, and pack for every weather - up in the North anything is possible at any point in time.