We spent the whole last week of July on vacation visiting family and having adventures. I had my phone with me to snap photos the whole time but rarely pulled out my camera to document things. On our trip to Waterton I made an effort to take more photos, capturing a few of the fun things we did.
First stop was Red Rock Canyon. The kids had a blast splashing through the water and climbing over rocks. This girl was constantly making silly faces or pretending to meditate every time mom tried to take a picture.
Cameron Falls is always a favorite place to stop. I love the sound of the rushing water, and the fact that I can just drive right up to it.
We love exploring the town site, eating ice cream, playing at the splash park, and skipping rocks at the lake.
“I’m so excited to eat Smears!” E shouted as soon as we finished roasting our hotdogs. ‘Smears’ are smores, and it’s just so cute, I don’t have the heart to correct her.
The children were so excited to sleep in a tent that it was nearly midnight before they finally fell asleep. That, and someone shouting “BEAR, BEAR, BEAR, HEADING NORTH!” a few camp sites away from us, made for a late night. The sun peaked over the mountains first thing in the morning, giving us an early start on our next day.
After packing away our tent, we drove to Bears Hump and loaded the children in our hiking backpacks to make the trek up the mountain. E was so excited to finally climb a mountain. It’s no easy feat hiking that thing with a whole lot of extra weight. Luckily E was motivated enough to walk some of it.
Once we safely arrived at the bottom of the mountain we rewarded ourselves with a taco lunch at the town site. Our legs were put to the test one last time when we rented a bike to pedal around town. The children loved the ride and E exclaimed over and over “This is way more funner than a car!” Funner for her, whose little legs were comfortably dangling front the front seat and not at all exerted.
I absolutely love escaping to the mountains. Waterton is so beautiful and I love taking the opportunity to explore it. Nature rests my soul and invigorates my mind.
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”
― John Muir