Waterton Lakes, Alberta

Your life is an occasion. Rise to it. 

Last year I went on a road trip through Alberta, Montana and Wyoming with my good friend Gordon. Lots of driving, lots of breathtaking views and a good amount of hiking.

One of our stops on our road trip was Waterton Lakes. A Canadian National Park that is lying just on USA/Canada border. Everything on the USA side is Glacier National Park.

We parked our car at the information center and because we had ample time to spend in the park, we got the suggestion to hike the nearby ‘Bears Hump‘. It’s a pretty short hike that starts at the visitor center and offers you an awesome stunning view. Be aware it can be windy up there so make sure you keep your personal belongings and loved ones close.

Other things you want to do is visit the Red Rock Canyon and walk the short loop around the canyon. On our drive to the parking lot we saw a bear chilling on the side of the road. From Red Rock Canyon we made our way to Blakiston Falls, a 45 minute hike.

The Epic Icefield Parkway : Exits

Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.

A good friend of mine once told me that it is important to learn what matters in life. To not focus on the short term instant moments but to concentrate more on the longterm satisfaction. Because if you focus too much on the short term things you might loose sight of what happens in the long run and you might miss out on the big picture.

That advice stills sticks.

The Icefield Parkway is maybe a little bit like a chapter of your highway of life.

Lakes can be your ideas, fresh and pure.

Trees the infinite breaths you can take

The wildlife can be your loved ones. Ever present but not always visible.

Other cars on the road to remind you that you are not alone on this road, especially when the going gets tough.

There are the stops to let you take a break and reflect on what’s been and what may come.

The viewpoints to make you realise how amazing this journey can be.

And then there are the exits.

Exits that lead to other highways with other life adventures.

Or maybe they are leading you nowhere.

Or they lead home.

Although I know everyone needs to take their exits in their life at some point, I am having a hard time taking my exits. It’s like I don’t want to miss out on what’s beyond the exit. What I may miss out on. But I also realise that doesn’t matter anymore, because it’s not part of my journey at that point. And the exit I took can lead to an even more exciting highway.

It’s a risk to keep driving so know when to take your exit on the Epic Icefield Parkway.

You don’t want to miss yours.