Pop! - time for our Banff bubble to burst...

Trip Start Nov 08, 2012
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Flag of Canada  , Alberta,
Monday, April 29, 2013

Our time in Banff has come to an end! Whilst the whole season has gone unbelievably fast, the end of the season hasn't exactly been sudden. For the last two weeks Mount Norquay, where we have been working, has been closed, we've packed up once already to move to a new place and the first of our traveller friends started making tracks as early as the end of February. With a combination of now constant goodbyes and limited snow for the last month or two the winter season has actually been thawing out for a while. As much as we have had a great time celebrating a successful season with friends and exploring Banff feeling like tourists once again, it had started to feel like it was time to move on ourselves.

The first time that I really felt this was was about a month ago when I caught the bus back to town from work on a sunny and strangely warm afternoon. I had closed the day care early due to there not being enough customers on the ski hill because the snow was melting and arrived in a much greener looking Banff town. I was jacket-less for the first time since being in Banff and walked past the ice rink only to read a sign on the gate saying "No entry, the ice rink is now closed for the season". I don't even ice skate (believe me I've tried...) but I couldn't help but feel a bit sad when I looked closely and saw patches of mud and brown grass poking through the ice. Almost immediately though I began to feel an excitement and an itch in my feet for the next steps of our travels (or maybe that was just the thermal snow boots in the hot sun!)

Despite Nick and I both, slightly reluctantly, feeling like it was time to leave life in Banff we have had a great last month or so. Attached are some pictures of our last Banff outings and memories! We've made some great friends in Banff from all over the world and our time here wouldn't have been the same without them all.

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill
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