Not sure what type of berry bushes these are but they were definitely beautiful while I was exploring in Red Deer, Alberta at the Gaetz Lakes Sanctuary…
My husband has a very demanding job that leaves him on the road a vast majority of the time. He works as an agronomist and is a agronomic adviser. It is hard for both of us for him to be gone so much and spread so thin, especially with a full-time job of raising sheep, and having eight kids. Occasionally though, there are some perk benefits to his job. Over Thanksgiving week, my beloved had to attend a conference in Canada and I was able to go with. My parents watched the kids, our oldest son watched the farm and we headed off. The conference was in Banff National Park. I was pretty excited to get to see some new country and just hang out with my hubby. When we arrived at our motel, I think my jaw hit the ground…
Umm, ya! My first stay in a castle! Fairmont Banff Hot Spring. The first day I thoroughly enjoyed exploring around outside the castle and taking a few pictures (of course)!
I hiked down to the frozen falls…
My husband had meeting all day long, so the second day, I slept in late, had a wonderful lunch, enjoyed my first massage and hung out in the mineral pools and spa!
The evenings we spent wining and dining.
Our last morning there, which happened to be Thanksgiving morning we awoke to a wonderful sunrise and headed for home…
It was a beautiful day for traveling, cold but plenty of sunshine!
A couple of pictures I took with my phone…
We made good time home. I really had to just appreciate the scenery and bite my tongue to not stop at every beautiful spot! We will have to go back again when we have a bit more time. But we did make it home for Thanksgiving dinner with the family…
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