Good morning. As if Monday’s aren’t hard enough, today I’m back at work after a wonderful week off. M parents, Liam and I packed up and hit the road out to Invermere, British Columbia for the week. It was a super relaxing little getaway and I can’t say I was excited to leave.
With a toddler in tow, there weren’t too many firm plans in place for the week, just going with the flow. We rented a condo for the week so we could cook our own meals rather than eat out all the time. Even though we didn’t get a break from cooking, it was nice to be able to save on restaurant bills and not have to worry about constantly making Liam behave in a restaurant. Honestly, we spent more time at the condo than we normally would on a holiday due to Liams naps but even that was a-ok with me. I was happy to have a week away from work, from blogging and never-ending to-do lists, to just do whatever I pleased.
We spent a lot of time at the nearby beaches, letting Liam swim and splash in the water, building sandcastles and collecting rocks and sticks. I rented a stand up paddle board for a day and had a nice long paddle during Liam’s nap one day. There was lots of lakeside yoga, reading and blowing bubbles.
We checked out a couple of local attractions. One was a fun park with bumper cars, mini golf and a petting zoo. We were only interested in the animals since Liam wasn’t big enough for bumper cars and wouldn’t have the attention span for mini golf yet. We all enjoyed checking out and feeding the animals there. Liam had no fear when it came to feeding the giant emu. That thing was terrifying! We also drove up to Panorama to take Liam for a pony ride, since he’s been talking about wanting to ride a horse for months. He was having a cranky day though and refused to get on the horse even though he was so excited to go.
I also managed to enjoy a lot of my two favourite things, coffee and beer. The first thing I saw when we rolled into town was a microbrewery that had just opened and I made sure to stop on my first night to check it out. Conveniently located across the street was Kicking Horse Coffee. Needless to say, I enjoyed plenty of BC beer and coffee on the trip.
And of course, no trip to the mountains is complete without some wildlife spotting! On the drive home we came across some road construction and as we were stopped this Grizzly popped out of the ditch, wandering down the road checking out the traffic. I was worried for the flag guy and some cyclists who were approaching but luckily the bear continued on his way.
Being in Invermere reminded me how much I love the mountains. I live so close to them but I don’t get out to enjoy them nearly as often as I’d like. I was not ready to come home to the noise of the city and could have stayed out in the quiet of the wilderness for much longer. I have my sights set on visiting Waterton next as I’ve never been and it looks amazing. I’m hoping I’ll be able to take Liam out there in the fall.
Where was your last getaway?