You didn't think I'd be out of the cold, wet tents for long... did you? I was home from Japan for a whole 12 weeks when the inner adventure bug began gnawing at my brain. I have a photography friend that lives in Edmonton, so I called him from work one day to let him know I was coming. I have only been to the Canadian Rockies in the winter, which I love.. but have never seen all of those incredible teal and turquoise lakes (as they have always been frozen). It was a quick trip as I have taxed out most of my vacation pay for the year.. so I was determined to make the most of it. We went straight from the airport to the Rockies. We pitched our tent and then headed out for sunset. Up first was the incredible Sunwapta Falls. I was so excited to reach this bucket list location that we stayed there until dark. We got back to the tent just as it began to rain. Even thought it's summer, it still gets pretty chilly at night (remember, I'm from San Diego). My friend set the alarm and announced, "see you in a couple of hours". Wait.. what?? Yep, it was already 12:30am and the sun had just set. We would be back up by 3:30am for sunrise (now I know why I always come here in the winter). The trip was an epic one with the usual laughs, adventures and stories that will last a lifetime. We hiked to glaciers and went to lakes that brought tears to my eyes. I'm not much of a wildlife photographer (as I'm usually too excited when I see wildlife and forget to focus..haha). But.. we were lucky enough to have safe, distant encounters with moose, elk, bear, big horn sheep and my fav.. the loons. If you've never traveled to this part of the world.. do yourself a big favor and go.