You forget sometimes when you spend your life travelling and planning future adventures that sometimes the best adventures are only a five hour car ride away.
Though I don’t live as close to the mountains as I’d like, it was possible to drive to the Columbia Icefields from Edmonton, hike up Wilcox Pass to the top, hike back down, and drive back home in the span of one holiday Monday in August. For maximum driving endurance, snacks and good music were plentiful.
This is the part of Canada that everyone talks about, that’s featured in travel books, that attracts tourists from all corners of the world to these amazing peaks, unbridled and untamed. With the exception of a herd of calm mountain goats and a curious chipmunk, we had the trail and the view to ourselves.
When I was in the mountains earlier last summer for a bachelorette party, the bride admitted she grew tired of the claustrophobic site of mountains and longed for Alberta’s rolling fields. But that could never be true for me – “we never tire of looking at each other, only the mountain and I.”