My camping trip to Banff was what I would call a success with bumps in the road. My daughter was excited, we were pumped and leaving at 6am for the mountains. We did what I love, took our time, drove around, snapped pictures, sing to the radio and laughed the whole way there.
This post is not about rating my stay in the Tunnel campground but only about my experience.
We arrived in Banff and set up camp. The Tunnel mountain campground staff was really nice, asked me how long i had been away from Banff and if I missed it. Yes, I miss the mountains, every morning, afternoon and night I miss them. Call it an obsession, maybe it is! But it's me, who I am.
We set up our campsite, all while listening to this guy yell obscenity to his girlfriend. Me and my 3 year old were pretty shocked but they left and all went quiet again. I couldn't help but remember the days when I was younger and camped there with friends, only I had respect for other campers.
I had won tickets to the wine festival and was excited about a little time to relax while my daughter stayed with my best of friends. The wine festival was great, I had the chance to try out maybe a little too many but regardless I enjoyed my time!
Going back to the campground, we did the usual, fire, relax, few more drinks.
Parks Canada made their round, the guy was really nice. Made sure we knew to call them if we were bothered by anyone or wildlife such as bears.
I had promised my girl to go to bed with her and I did. She had a long day and just couldn't stay up anymore.
We had a great night, I must say that I am a mom that rarely gets to sleep in the same bed as my daughter.
She knows her bed is hers and mine is for mommy and daddy. We have yet to have any problem with this. So I took this time as a privilege and enjoyed every minute of it! We had such a blast making shadows and giggling.
I woke up just before 6am because someone was screaming some more obscenity. And now don't get me wrong, I am not an angel and I do use some words myself that I wouldn't classify as "classy" but screaming what I heard in those early hours were "disturbing".
I was really disappointed to hear that some of our neighbors, who were travelling out west for the first time, had the most frightening time because of the "loud" campers. Apparently I had missed all the chaos during the night, apparently I had missed the threats and horror that came out of those people. I tried to turn things around for my neighbors who were clearly shaking. I brought them dry wood, and everything for them to start a fire quick. But unfortunately it shows how fast first impressions arise. Too bad.
Like I said, parks were great and bad people come and go wherever you go but it's too bad.
I was just selfishly happy that it didn't happen to me and my daughter.
We continued our trip by touring around some more. We had a great great time. She is becoming such a great adventure partner, from little hikes to just simply relaxing with a good view :)