Friday, September 15, 2006

Last Minute Everything

I've been running around like a madwoman today, preparing for my vacation. Tomorrow morning, at 8 am sharp, Raj and I take off for British Columbia for 9 days. Banff, Jasper, Vancouver, hiking, river rafting, natural beauty, freezing cold temperatures, no itinerary, and no b&bs or hotels booked yet, here we come! That's what happens when you're two busy lawyers working at firms. You grudgingly get a vacation but no time to plan it.

Raj has been working like a dog, so it's up to me to do the laundry, pack, take out the trash, do the dishes, and look for hiking shoes. In addition, I have to wait around and wait for my bank to deliver a temporary ATM card because apparently a large number of card numbers - including mine - were "compromised" (i.e. stolen). On top of that, I'm going to see my two little friends, who I promised I would see before I left for vacation.

Raj and I had been planning on camping until today when we started talking about the trip and realized that (a) my backpack is packed in storage, (b) Raj has no sleeping bag, (c) most of the campgrounds might be closed since their season ends in mid-September, and (d), the deal-breaker, currently the temperature is apparently 32 degrees Fahrenheit. That's cold people. Freakin' freezing. So, we've moved on to focusing on the b&b option.

Where ever we stay, and whatever happens, I think we're going to have an awesome time. Everyone who says anything about B.C. always raves about how gorgeous and amazing it is. I can't wait to be outside! I can't wait to be among the trees and mountains!! I'm so excited!


wordnerd said...

OMG Buttercup..I didn't realize you were leaving so soon...sorry I didn't respond to your email. Just got back yesterday at 5pm...was due back at 2am....but our alternator decided otherwise. The I-95 in Bangor Maine at 2am is lovely, I assure you.

Unfortunately, I've spent time in Vancouver mostly lately for work and didn't have too much time to sight-see. What I would recommend however is to spend some time at the beaches downtown (not swimming, but just hanging out, it's such a cool place). Kits Beach is good...and if you're feeling brave (i.e. want to shed some clothing....Wreck beach is a blast). I also had alot of fun walking around the Gastown area, Chinatown and Granville Island. They have a GREAT micro-brewery and there are alot of really cool art studios and stuff at Granville (see the Emily Carrone for sure)...I would recommend the restaurant on the warf for breakfast as well...a bit pricey but worth the splurge and the food is (at least was) great.

It's been almost 10 years since I've been to Banff...but what I remember most was the great hike up Sulpher Mountain (not sure if it is spelled that way). If you have time, the drive to Jasper is good too..and it's extraordinary.

Hope you don't get this too late!
we'll chat about the Trans-Sib when you get back!
Have fun!

Tracy said...

Have a wonderful time! It sounds lovely!

Buttercup said...

Wordnerd - Great to hear from you again. Thanks for the tips!

Tracy - Thanks. Have a great week!

Ally Bean said...


canada and no itinerary sound like a lovely combo.

Laura said...

Now these are going to be a great set of pictures. Banff is gorgeous! have a great time!