we bought a home!

We bought a home over the summer! Hence, we haven't been traveling so no blog posts as of late. Our home is in our dream neighborhood and we were excited to do a few renovations before moving in. I'll have to do another blog post of before and afters, but here's a bit of our home that you may have seen on instagram:
^^We tore out two dividing walls and an outdated media wall, took out the carpet and replaced the flooring throughout the house, re-tiled the kitchen and fireplace, put in fans + light fixtures, and painted all of the wals/put in baseboards. The manual labor was tough (luckily we had lots of help from family and friends) but we'd do it again in a heartbeat.^^
^^Our laundry room tile. Tate actually picked this tile out and I was so close to getting something much less exciting, but I'm glad we went with the honeycomb tile.^^
^^Dining room.^^
We're happy to be in our own place and I've enjoyed every minute of it so far. Nevada has our hearts 

HBD National Parks.

Parks from top left to bottom right: Bryce, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Arches, Glacier, Yellowstone, Glacier, Bryce.

SO glad National Parks were established 100 years ago. Cheers to another century of preseveration, conservation, and enjoyment!
Our last day in Montana was spent at Whitefish Ski Resort:
^^We rode ski lifts to the top of Whitefish mountain.^^
We're heading back to Vegas tonight and we're sure going to miss family and the cool weather. Glacier National Park is gorgeous in the summer and winter. Holding on to the last few days of summer break for as long as I can!

glacier national park day two.

Glacier National Park Day Two: Numa lookout. Today's hike was 12 miles (round trip) up a mountain up to a fire lookout on Numa Peak in Glacier National Park. The hike gently rises along Bowman Lake then follows up several high switchbacks until you reach the peak. The total elevation was 3,000 feet:
^^Rainbow Peak in the background.^^
^^Bowman Lake from the fire lookout.^^
^^Fire lookout^^
^^Rainbow Peak and Square Peak behind.^^
^^The views from the lookout are unreal. Talk about an interesting job to work in a fire lookout. We met the man who was working the 10 day shift on the mountain, and it sounds like he really enjoys himself while he's here.^^
We were pretty exhausted by the time we came back down the mountain so we took a dip in the glacier freezing Bowman Lake. Although very cold, it was rewarding after the hike. 

Tomorrow is our last day in Glacier. We don't want summer to end!

glacier national park day one.

Glacier National Park Day One: Yesterday we drove down from Banff back to Montana. On the way we stopped at Numa falls in the Kootenay National Park area:
We returned our rental car at the Glacier airport in Kalispell and my parents picked us up to drive to a rental cabin. We're so excited to be here with family for the next few days and be able to enjoy Glacier National Park. We started off by hiking Hidden Lake Overlook, one of the most popular hikes in the park. It's mostly a boardwalk trail, but the views are nice and the wildlife was amazing. There were billy goats and marmots right off the of the trail:
^^Boardwalk up to Hidden Lake.^^
^^These billy goats were all over the trail. It took every bit of me not to pet them, but they were sure fun to watch.^^
^^Hidden Lake Overlook^^
The rest of the night was spent at the cabin hanging in our hammock and spending time with family. It's my grandparents 60th(!!) anniversary so we talked about old family stories and have been looking at family photos from back in the day.

banff day two.

Canada Day Two: Hiking at Lake Louise. We decided to drive back up to Lake Louise since we couldn't get enough of the blue water from yesterday. Today we hiked up to Lake Agnes to see the views of Lake Louise below. There's also a tea house at the top of the mountain!
The hike up to Lake Agnes is a couple of miles up switchbacks and a steady climb up the mountain. You're mostly hiking through trees until you're almost to the lake, seen above.
Lake Agnes tea house. If we were to go again we'd leave much earlier in the morning to avoid the hordes of hikers, but it's still enjoyable even with a lot of people.
^^Lake Agnes^^
After the hike we found ourselves taking more pictures in front of Lake Louise. We're back in Canmore and we've walked around town and ate dinner at a small sandwich shop. Canada, you've been good to us!

Tomorrow we're driving back down to Glacier National Park in Montana to see family and enjoy the cool weather for a few more days.

BANFF, Day One.

Canada Day One: Peyto Lake and Lake Louise. Tate and I flew into Kalispell, Montana on Thursday afternoon and rented a car to drive up to BANFF, Canada. We'll be here for a couple of days before we head back down to Glacier National Park, but I'm thinking we may never leave!

We started off the morning by driving past BANFF and Lake Louise up to Peyto Lake. It's a popular destination, although there's a trail off the beaten path (here's how we found it) that led us up a few switchbacks to this spectacular viewpoint:
Happy we escaped the hordes of tourists! Our hiking friend from Germany joined us (we met her in the parking lot) for the hike up to an old fire lookout. There was no one there except the three of us! We stayed here for about a half hour taking pictures and soaking in the blue glacier water. Peyto Lake is up on the list, guys! I've never seen water like this.
After Peyto Lake we drove back down to Lake Louise. We hiked up to Fairview Lookout to get a grand view of the famous hotel, Chateau on Lake Louise. Again, that water!!
We splurged and rented canoes on Lake Louise because it's been on my bucket list since the last time we were here in the winter. The canoe rental was for an hour so we paddled across the entire lake and enjoyed the scenery all around us.
If you're at Lake Louise, go in the canoes! It did not disappoint, and it was nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of all of the tourists wandering the area around the lodge. We ate dinner at our favorite Chinese restaurant in the town of BANFF and headed back to our hotel in Canmore. Canada has stolen my heart!
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