Enough Snow – We’re Outta Here!

Oct 11, 2011 by

James and I snuck away for a much-needed reprieve from the go-go-go 2 weeks ago. He surprised me with a romantic trip to the Rocky Mountains, in Banff. It was fabulous! We both needed a break and the change of scenery was spectacular! I find the mountains to be incredibly rejuvenating.

James and Shilo Downie at the Banff Hot SpringsWe stayed at the Rimrock, which is right next door to the Banff Hot Springs. We soaked in the springs several times and also enjoyed the pool at the hotel. There is something really amazing about being in the hot water, outdoors with the cool crisp edginess of fall in the air!

We strolled along the main drive with shops and goodies – it is an odd experience to be in a space where we have gotten rid of all of our “stuff” being in stores that sell tons of “stuff”.  It has been a great practice of detachment and I am impressed with both of us in just how much we have let go of.

With the cooler temperatures, there was some rain in Banff while we were there. But up on the peaks of the mountains there is snow! That’s enough snow for us – we are glad to leave now before Calgary is blanketed in its first snowfall of the season.

Grizzly HouseWe had dinner at the Grizzly House – I have driven past it for decades and always wanted to eat there. It is a fondue house, so we got to cook our meal at our table. We both had a lot of fun!

We took in the majesty of the Bow Falls and really enjoyed the changing colors – vivid reds, golds, oranges, yellows, greens, browns – it is my favorite time of year!

We were only gone 2 days and 1 night, but it was the perfect escape.

James and Shilo Downie at Bow Falls, BanffI am amazed how easy it is to get caught up in the “busy-ness” of our minds. Epic to-do lists, pressure and stress – both internal and external – to get things done on time, juggling 50 million things at once it feels like. And yet, despite all the “fussing”, everything unfolds as it does. Time quickly ticks by regardless of my state of frenzy or contentment.

A reminder to me in this moment as I type this, to take a deep breath. Feel my belly relax. Roll my shoulders and let the tension (from the weight of my little world, that I carry up there on those shoulders!) fall away.

Enjoy a peace-filled day!

1 Comment

  1. Sounds like a perfect get away, Shilo. The mountains always calm me down and bring me so much closer to God. There’s just something about the majesty of them that takes my breath away no matter how many times I go there. You’ve visited all my favourite spots – the Rimrock is a gorgeous hotel, the hot springs a great place to soak away and afternoon and the Grizzly House – incredible food! Thoughts and prayers go with you and James as you head South!