We had a great time in Banff! The weather was amazing this week--it was quite warm and we had a wonderful weekend in the Mountains.
In the car on the way to Banff, Javier surprised me with the idea of snowboarding lessons (I'd been prepared for skiing lessons). We both decided it would be a good idea, since most of our friends snowboard. The drive to Banff was beautiful--I miss seeing the mountains so much sometimes! I would love to live in the Rockies, but property there is getting incredibly expensive. The average home in Canmore, a small town a few minutes from Banff that has traditionally had lower housing prices, is now $850,000! Living a rustic lifestyle is not as affordable as it sounds, unfortunately.
We arrived in Banff early Friday afternoon and after settling into our hotel, we spent the evening in the town of Banff and had a great dinner at St. James' Gate Pub (we liked it so well we ate there again on Saturday!).
After an early breakfast on Saturday, we had a full day of lessons at Lake Louise.
It was absolutely beautiful--every time I fell down I had a great view of the mountains! I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it that much, but I loved it! (especially after seeing all the cute gear they have for girls now--when I was a kid in Seattle only guys really snowboarded, and there was basically no equipment for girls).
Snowboarding was a bit difficult for me to pick up, since I've done more skiing and it's really different. Plus, I fell a lot! I am in agony today (I think I bruised pretty much every square inch of my body), but I can't wait to go back. My husband is amazing--because he plays soccer and works out seriously, he's right as rain--it's incredible. I still can't believe he's not in pain. I'm just hoping that I will have recovered enough by next weekend that I'll be able to try again!
From the poll results, it looks like Medieval influences on the Pre-Raphaelites have won out, so I will begin posting on that topic tomorrow.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Posted by Margaret at 12:55 PM