Love Is:Going on the Banff Gondola

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two kids riding the cable car

Only love for my children would have me pasting on a fake smile and not throwing up on my shoes.

Only love for my children would get me into a small tin container, held up only by cables strung up on a freaking mountainside.

Only love for my children would get me on a gondola.

And the mantra “there will be scenic pictures to be taken at the top.”

Alas, it wasn’t that scenic and it was pouring rain when we got up there. And we swayed our way up there, I might add.

That was a nice touch. Swaying on a thin cable wire.

But hey, that rain?

Phhht. We are tough, sturdy Canadian stock.

And smart.

We brought umbrellas.

little girl near the animal standee holding a black umbrella

Oh, so dismal, windy and wet.

little girl walking while holding the black umbrella

But we were determined.

We were tough.

close up of a girl and black umbrella during the rain

Gosh darn it, WE ARE CANADIAN!

close up of Canadian flag waving with the view of forest

So, being the true Canucks that we are, we traipsed into the cafeteria for some poutine.

And not only are we Canadian, we are Albertans.

Anyone know our famous weather adage here in Alberta?

“If you don’t like the weather, wait 15 minutes!”


Good ol’ Alberta magic!

Some seriously beautiful mountain shots are about to be shown.

My dad and brother.

two men standing near the rails with the mountain view on their back

The two children I love enough to go with them up here, even though I am terrified of heights.

two little kids standing with the mountain and green trees background

I love this country.

amazing view of mountains and green trees

Those gondolas sure look better when you aren’t on one of them.

little girl on holding the rails looking at the mountain view and cable cars

Remember the adage? Wait 15 minutes?

Our 15 minutes were up.

The clouds started rolling in again and by the time we hit the bottom-only figuratively thank god!– it was pouring rain.

wonderful view of mountains with grassland and lake

It will be a long, long time before I get on another gondola. My knees are still knocking together with remembered fear.

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  1. Brewster Inc. says

    Great post about the Banff Gondola; from the looks of it you had fun, great photos. So true about the weather, glad to see you were able to enjoy yourself amid the weather ;)!

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