I was so happy when May rolled around - even tho the snow this year, seemed to linger around longer than ANYONE wanted.
I made a goal for 2018 - to go somewhere at least once a weekend every month, with my dogs. Afterall, my life revolves around them. I've been searching trails via ALL TRAILS - so far so good.
We started off easy on our visits this May, short and sweet - and the dogs, always came home tired and fulfilled (or might be just my mind).
There is something about leaving the city behind, that allows my brain to unplug. My body seems to relax and the gorgeous scenery, eases my body. On top, it allows Jimmy and I to reflect, talk and really get to know each other, all over again.
I also started a travelling journal. It isn't too elaborate - but I miss the good old times when you can just flip through photos, and relive memories. Scrapbooking use to be my thing, however the time involved, just wasn't working out for me. So a journal, was the 2nd best thing. On top, it forced me to work on my writing again, a lost art in a tech world.
Our first trip with the dogs was closeby. We hit up the Pet Friendly campground of Tunnel Mountain, as they are open year round. If camping isn't your thing, Hidden Ridge Resort is right behind them - and they are also pet friendly! This campground has all the bells and whistles. Shower and flush toilets.. but that view is beautiful. Another downside some people might not like, is the sites are quite packed in together. It is in the center of Banff though, so space is limited.
Before we hit Banff tho, we always stop by my most favorite offleash park in Canmore- in Spray Lakes!
We did a quick and easy hike to Johnstons Canyon. There you will also find a pet friendly accommodation - little adorable cabins. This hike is super easy and SUPER busy during the Summer - so go early. You can take it up a notch and hike up to the Ink Pots as well. The trails are tight and busy, so if you have a reactive dog, this might not be the best hike.
Make sure before you leave, that you get some delicious pancakes at Melissa's Missteak. Although I'm not a pancake pro - they have the lightest and fluffiest pancakes. They are also well known for their Egg Bennie's. They keep it simple and breakfast menu is till 3pm.
A few weeks after, we decided to take a longer trip, through to Radium. The drive there is gorgeous. We even saw a bear cross the road!
We stayed at a gorgeous RV Site right inside Radium (Canyon Camp RV Resort), right in a Canyon. Don't get it confused with the Canyon RV site in Kelowna! They booked us right beside a tiny creek and it was so gorgeous. I wish we got the chance to stay longer. Staff were friendly and the resort is well kept and gorgeous. Did I say gorgeous already? Being a smaller site, you are quite compacted in with others.
For little hikes - anywhere you stop along highway 93 is gorgeous (they have so many pullovers for you to take advantage of safely). You even trek through a section where it was devastated by the 2016 fires. We chose 2 spots this time, Numa Creek and a casual stroll to Marble Canyon. At Marble Canyon, there are other trails, such as Tokkum Valley that you can trek through. It is gorgeous!
Wrapping up May #doggietrips is our visit to Saskatoon, a 6.5 hour trip east to visit some great friends and our god daughter! Although most people might not know, Saskatoon is quickly becoming Foodie Central. Ayden (a famous restaurant downtown), was started by a chef who was competing on Top Chef Canada, and even opened 2 other restaurants in Saskatoon, which I have yet to visit. This trip we ate at SHIFT restaurant - highly recommended!
We spent some time in Drumheller for a rest stop. Just before you enter the town, there is an offleash park you can let your dogs out, to go potty and stretch out.
Their RV Park is right in the City, so it is great for kids. We decided to drive right up to Kindersley that night. It has grown so much since 10 years ago. They even have a Walmart. With a camper van, we can pretty much stop anywhere to rest.
We walked the river along downtown Saskatoon and stayed at an inner city Campground called Gordon Howe Campground. Easy to find and great service. We really enjoyed it here. Showers were clean and of course, flush toilets. They are also very pet friendly, I even saw a cat on leash.
We headed to Berry Barn that Sunday, about a 15 minute drive south of Saskatoon. It was gorgeous there, and pet friendly to walk around in. We enjoyed their perogy dishes and of course, their famous Saskatoon Berry Cheesecake.
Sometimes you do not have to travel too far to get away and enjoy some quality time together. In Canada, especially Alberta, we are surrounded by nature's beauty. Just drive and make those memories. Everything else can wait.