Since I found out I am sensitive to altitude, we switched our Johnston Canyon Ice walk to Discover Banff. It would help If we could find a private tour for ice walking at our own pace but a 6 night trip is not enough time for my body to adjust to go at the pace of our guides. It was actually nice being on the tourist bus since I was winded walking up hills on this tour. Our guide who is from Wales told us it took him 6 months to get used to the altitude.
The views were stunning and we were delighted when we saw deer. I know, plenty of you see deer but I saw my first deer when I was in my early 20’s, don’t have them in Manhattan or my end of Brooklyn. We do have them in Long Island and Staten Island.
The Discover Banff part was 1/2 day and the 2nd half they drop you off at Banff Sightseeing Gondola. An 8 minute gondola ride takes you to 7486ft (2281 meters) on Sulphur Mountain. The views are amazing. We were really high up and I was a bit freaked out, even going up the gondola made me nervous. In really windy conditions, they’ll shut it down. This may not be something for someone with a fear of heights, the gondolas rock in the wind. It wasn’t too bad for us.
We really enjoyed our food in Banff and the gondola restaurant didn’t disappoint. Vic got the bison burger and I had gnocchi with mushrooms which was really good. While we ate, it started to snow and the scenery went from amazing to magical. A sign out my window said something about goats in summer. We’re going to have to visit in summer because I love goats and would love to see them.
We had the cutest dessert. It was a chocolate mousse that was styled in the form of a terrarium. It was so hard to eat because it was too cute.
I was feeling pretty weird up here (altitude), Vic was fine. Sometimes I get light headed as well as short of breath. There’s a boardwalk trail outside that I didn’t do. Vic walked it a bit.
One thing I’ve read about altitude is hydrate a lot (if you are a sea level dweller start this a couple days ahead). I find that it helps but it makes me have to pee more so always try and keep an eye out for bathrooms. Other sites I read mentioned potassium for circulation and eating Gatorade chews.
Here are links about adjusting to high altitude. I can’t find the blog that suggested eating Gatorade chews.
A lot of the time, we felt like the only people at the top of the mountain. We had 360 degree views. It was snowing harder when we left and it felt magical but I was also more nervous because we had a long way down to go in the gondola. The wind picked up and our gondola was rocking a bit more as we headed down. (I’m afraid of heights) but all good, I’m in my chair writing this at home.
2019/2020 winter is looking pretty void of snow for NYC, so much so that I’m booking a snow getaway next winter. There’s no way I’m going to live without snow for 3 winters. I know I love snow and it’s not too bad here but for my readers that live with harsh winters I wish you safe driving, travels, etc.
Meant to post this in December 2019 but I haven’t been blogging as much, I’ll try harder in 2020. Ever since my Dad passed I haven’t been writing as much and not sure why. Think I got a bit stuck in a rut.
Even though it’s late – Happy 2020.