While not totally perfect, it was a fantastic trip. We left the kids at home with my mother, and in a sense they had their own vacation too; so much so, they didn't even ask about us. And to be truthful, because they were in good hands and because I really felt like Craig and I needed time to be alone as a couple, I didn't miss them very much besides times when were doing something they would love.
The biggest problem was the weather--it was cold (about 8c ish all week) and it rained periodically. It was a bit heavy on our drive up from Calgary, but not so much that I didn't have a holy shit moment when I saw the mountains.
I've been to Vancouver a bunch of times, but there was something about seeing mountains and no city that was very spellbinding.
I'm still wading through the pictures I took and put on flickr, I couldn't help myself--I needed to snap it all.
We spent the first day just being a lazy, checking out the Rimrock Resort (very swanky), walking around a bit, and attending the opening reception for the conference I was "attending" (I was very supportive of my research partners, but that was all!).
The view from the hotel was great--even in the morning as the clouds and mist covered everything, it was neat to see them emerge as things cleared.
Thursday we had breakfast at Melissa's and then we took the gondola up Sulphur Mountain. I am not one for heights (rather, I dislike being up on things where I feel I might fall, I'm okay in things that aren't suspending me by some little cable), so it was a bit silly how I reacted and I'm glad I was in the gondola with Craig only. Note to self: sit facing up the mountain, not looking down to my death.
The view was gorgeous.
We had an obligatory cup of tea at the top (in the past, there was a teahouse up there that tourists would hike to) and then had a soak in the hot spring. No photos (didn't bring the camera) but sitting in that water, looking at mountains while a light rain fell on our heads was great. There was something different about the water than a regular hot tub and it was really deep--I loved it and want one! We had a nice dinner (mmm Alberta beef) at Earl's and then had an early night. One thing we couldn't vacation away from was getting up early (and the two hour earlier time change didn't help) and we were beat from all the touring about.
I wasn't planning to write so much about my trip, but there you have it. I think I'll stop here for now and write about the other stuff in another post. While this is a public blog, I write it primarily for myself, so I can be indulgent with my travel diary.