We had one of the slowest and most needed mornings yet. On our way to the hot tubs we stopped at the truck to make shakes to reset our bodies from all the backpacking food. So delicious and necessary. After an hour of sauna and spa time, we went back to the room to do some yoga and shower. 12 o’clock check out time came quickly, and we headed out the door to…well we didn’t exactly know. I needed to get some work done for a few hours so we found the sweetest coffee shop called “Little Wild” that worked out perfectly.

Jake left at about 3 to go do some laundry (best fiance ever) and came back at about 5:30 with some premade salads to eat until we figured out what we were doing. We found a free place to park overnight in Canmore but weren’t sure of what to do until then. So we headed to the Christmas store like tourists! Of course. I had been excited to see it ever since we passed by. It didn’t dissapoint. Such magic. Afterwards we picked up a few more gifts and then had a drink at the very fancy bar of the Maple Leaf. Still no plan. The bartender suggested that we go check out the Fairmont and use their swimming pool and hot tub for a low cost. That sounded good to us! First, groceries and dinner. On our way to the grocery store to pick up a few things, we heard someone mention ramen. We were planning on cooking to save money but Jake couldn’t resist. The Ramen place had the longest line, so instead we went to a Chinese restaurant close by. Aside from the view and my green tea bubble tea, the food was a fail. It was a weird thing to do in Banff.

We drove up to the castle that is the Fairmont and once again, it was like the whole wierdness of the day had led up to this magical moment. The receptionist at the spa was the nicest and gave us the local rate, and we headed into our very fancy changing rooms. Seniorita by Justin Timberlake was playing in mine and I danced the whole time I was changing. It was fun pretending like we could afford to be here. We made our way out to the outdoor pool, which we found out was a giant hot tub. It was so lovely. We used their bathrooms to change into our pajamas and get ready for bed, then headed to the overnight spot in Calgary. We weren’t sure about the safety of the spot, but were pleasantly surprised when we found a crew of car campers all huddled together in the parking lot outside of the downtown. Our people!

Published by cassidycrippen

A woman on a mission to share a love of adventure and freedom.

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