The Macs

Friday, August 14, 2009

ice exploring

We left early the next morning.

It was a beautiful drive--or so I was told.

I was really struggling to stay awake in the car. I was so tired.  Joel kept asking me how I could sleep when we were traveling on Canada's most scenic highway. Somehow I managed to. Truthfully, I was a pretty lousy driving partner. Sorry Joel!

But, by the time we got there I was rested and ready to do some exploring. 
Ice exploring.

Our destination was the Columbia Icefield. We wanted to see a glacier up close. Thanks to this huge ice explorer (bus) we did just that.

This was the scariest part of the tour. 

You might not be able to tell from the picture but we were driving straight down. It felt like we were falling off a cliff--very slowly.

See all the people holding on to the backs of their seat? I wasn't so sure about my safety. Joel thought it was great.

And then we drove right on the glacial ice and up to the glacier.

It was pretty amazing.

And beautiful.

There were blue cones marking off the area that we weren't supposed to go past. 

The tour guide said it was dangerous. There were holes that you could fall into (they had a special name, but I can't remember). 

Apparently these people didn't hear the warning--or didn't care. And I am not sure what the crazy Hawaiian man was doing. He was even wearing a lei.

The run-off from the glacier was freezing and the water was SO blue.

Lots of people were collecting the glacial water in their water bottles.  Joel decided to test it out. I wouldn't taste it--I wasn't so sure. I told Joel he was going to get sick. 

When we got back on our bus and the tour guide informed us that drinking glacial water is supposed to be very good for you and keep you healthy. Once again I was too cautious and Joel was right. We'll see how that keeping you healthy part works out for him.

And after all that exploring I was exhausted. Good thing we had a long drive ahead so that I could take a nap. I had to rest up so that I had enough energy to eat my Cows ice cream that night!


Anonymous Cristy said...

That looks like a blast! So glad you guys had a good time!

August 14, 2009 at 10:29 PM  
Blogger Princess Martha said...

Looks like scary fun!

August 15, 2009 at 5:34 AM  
Blogger The one girl said...

Your photos are amazing. Looks like an awesome time!

August 15, 2009 at 5:40 AM  
Blogger Darby said...

Jess, You seriously are making me want to get up and leave Alabama right now at 6:39 on a Saturday morning and go to CANADA!! It looks beautiful! And I giggled about you sleeping... sounds like every pregnant woman I know!!! Can't wait to hear more!

August 15, 2009 at 6:40 AM  
Blogger Marla Taviano said...

How exciting, Jess!! We went to a zoo last year that had a polar bear exhibit with one of those ice vehicles. You could go inside and pretend you were driving--and see real polar bears outside your window. :)

August 15, 2009 at 6:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are brave. That looks pretty scary to me. Beautiful though, great pictures! What an amazing vacation.

August 15, 2009 at 7:15 AM  
Blogger Mum2twopreciousgifts said...

So lovely to read about your Canadian holiday. I have visited twice - 1993 and 1996 and we hope to visit again sometime. But it is a veeeeeeeeeeeeery long plane ride from Australia to Hawaii and then onto Vancouver - particularly with Miss 6 (who has an attention span of minutes on a good day) and Master 2 (no attention span whatsoever) in tow.

Prayers coming your way for peace, happiness and a healthy Baby Mac.

Good night from Down Under.

M x

August 15, 2009 at 7:36 AM  
Blogger A said...

Wow, it looks like you are having such a great vacation!!!

August 15, 2009 at 7:52 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I, too, now want to go to Canada on vacation!

August 15, 2009 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Wow! Beautiful pictures! Looks like I should add Canada to my list of vacay places! Oh yeah we don't go on vacation!! lol! Hope you are enjoying your time together :D
Hugs and prayers,
Heather~On the Homefront

August 15, 2009 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Trasie Bressler said...

OH that place is beautiful! Glad you got some good rest in!!!

August 15, 2009 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Beki - TheRustedChain said...

Holy cow, that would've freaked me out too! That straight downhill thing? Yeah, no thanks.

You know as soon as Joel gets a cold or sniffle, you have ammo now. You can just tell him he needed more of that glacier water.

Not even Canadian scenery can come between a pregnant woman and her sleep.

August 15, 2009 at 9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful Makes you want to head out for a road trip :)Thanks for sharing your vacation pics with us and for continuing to take us on your journey...
Glad to see baby Mac and Mom are looking good :)Are you going to find out the sex of the baby?


August 15, 2009 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger Polka Dot Moon said...

Hills and ice are a scary combination!!

But what am amazing and beautiful place, so worth the drive! You're a trooper being pregnant and exploring a glacier :)

August 15, 2009 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam & Dylan Too said...

Beautiful looks like you had a fun trip!

August 15, 2009 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

Ok, I'm with you on that one, I would be scared. Something about ice and water. That is SO cool though! What an experience!

August 15, 2009 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Erica said...

that is beautiful! looks like so much fun!!!

August 15, 2009 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Fab Fabrics said...

oh wow! What an adventure!

August 15, 2009 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger Country Roads said...

Looks like a beautiful place to visit!! So glad you two had a good get-away!!

August 15, 2009 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Love the pictures. I'm sure it was even better in person. You and your hubby are so cute together!

August 15, 2009 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger Falling Around said...

Oh my goodness, how fun! I'm with you though, I probably wouldn't have drank the water either.

August 15, 2009 at 6:08 PM  
Blogger Melanie @ Whimsical Creations said...

WOW, looks like an amazing time!

August 15, 2009 at 7:35 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

I have followed your blog since you loss of Cora and am so happy for you and the new baby on the way.
We went to Banff back in 1994 for our honeymoon and stayed at the Banff springs hotel(the big one that looks like a castle). It was lovely. We went to Lake Louise and hiked to a teahouse on top of a hill there. We also did the glacier trip as well and it all looks the same! Enjoyed your pictures of downtown Banff too. I couldn't get over how the elk just walked all over town. Thanks for the walk down memory lane for me!

August 15, 2009 at 10:37 PM  
Blogger KK said...

Amazing pics and I bet amazing memories you won't forget!

August 16, 2009 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger Jane In The Jungle said...

Oh My Gosh!! I would have freaked going straight down!! But what a "cool" adventure!

August 16, 2009 at 8:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dang! That is some beautiful scenery! Perhaps Ryan and I should schedule a trip. Thanks for sharing!

August 17, 2009 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger Brewster Vacations Canada said...

Incredible photos - brilliant colours! Glad you enjoyed your visit!

August 18, 2009 at 11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks like fun and lol to Joel for drinking the water let us know how that goes lol

August 18, 2009 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

It looks beautiful!!!!What an amazing vacation....That is so cool though! its a experience!!!!!
Your photos are amazing....thanks
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August 20, 2009 at 5:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful though, great pictures!!!!
Hope you are enjoying your time together ...Prayers coming your way for peace, happiness and a healthy..
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August 21, 2009 at 12:59 AM  

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