It's always nice to have friend's visit you from home. I love playing tour guide because the Rockies are just so beautiful and I want everyone I know to experience it like I have. Although it is hard to cram everything that I like about this place into 4 days, I tried! You may have seen a few of these places before, but I can not get sick of these views! Here's a little taste of my friend's adventures here in Alberta.
This was taken at the Fairmont Paliser in the heart of Downtown Calgary. Wasn't a bad place, and definitely a convenient location. We stayed here the first night after I picked him up from the airport.
The next day, we took to the streets to grab a bite to eat and also to tour around. You have seen these places before during my Calgary series, but it's nice to have someone else in the photos this time.
This is the room we stayed in at the Banff Springs Hotel. They graciously upgraded us to a bigger room with a view. We didn't enjoy the view too much though because we were out most of the time, and it was also snowing a lot! Definitely a beautiful place to stay and they honestly have the best pool ever!
One of the few pictures I took with a tripod so I could be in the picture too. Just a gorgeous view of Banff Springs at the surprise corner. The sight of a castle-like hotel in the middle of the mountains is simply breath-taking. No shops or buildings around it; just the hotel and nature... and us.
Next stop was Lake Louise. I did not document too much here as I am quite familiar with this place. I took a lot more pictures with Henry's camera phone than with my dSLR. It was, however, a good chance to take some action photos using a 14-24mm lens. Not the most appropriate choice for a lens, but I wanted to get a lot of the scenery in as well. It worked out ok! This was Henry cross country skiing. He was not use to the altitude and the amount of physical activity involved so he was exhausted by the end of this.
Here's another picture. This time, Henry is downhill skiing at the Lake Louise Ski Resort. Since I made him use his body to the limit during cross country skiing, downhill skiing was equally exhausting as his legs just did not want to work. He still made it through a couple runs though! What a trooper! He especially loved the view. Definitely worth coming if any of the readers are deciding where to go for their next vacation! The scenery sells itself.
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