Friday, December 30, 2011

Where Treetops Glisten

An eight minute ride on the Banff gondola will take you to the summit of Sulphur Mountain.   The views become increasingly spectacular as you climb over 2,000 ft to an elevation of 7,500 ft at the top of the world~~  

Earlier this year, the Gardener and I took a magnificent trip to the Canadian Rockies. (You can read about this trip in my earlier posts   They can be  accessed from my sidebar under the heading Our Rocky Mountain High.)  

Somehow I got busy with lots of other blog postings and I never got around to doing this last post - the incredible views from the top of the mountain.  It just didn't seem right to be looking at mountains covered with snow - while we were in the middle of summer!  So- I saved these photos until now.  It seems fitting to start out the new year from the top of the world~~  

The gondola ride is only half the journey of this amazing experience. When you reach the summit of Sulphur Mountain you can exit the building and witness the breathtaking 360 degree views.

Below you, the Bow River Valley spreads out in a glorious vista of rushing water and jagged mountain peaks. The summit offers a new perspective on the peaks you've been straining your neck to gawk upward at; on Sulphur Mountain, you're at their level, so you can look not only straight at them but also beyond -- to more distant peaks and valleys in almost every direction.

Standing here on the Baniff skywalk - you can't help but feel that  you really are on top of the world.  Come along with me - let's walk along  the one mile trail, stopping along the way to take photos and view the incredible scenery.  (you don't need your coat or gloves - it is unbelievably warm up here!)

The summit boasts an unbelievable restaurant here on the top of this mountain!  With astounding views from every table in the circular restaurant- this was THE most perfect place for our lunch on this afternoon trip.

Let's go back outside and walk along the skywalk some more~~

Doesn't everyone take their dog along on gondola rides to the top of the mountain?

Have you enjoyed the views from the top of the world? Did I tell you there was a Starbucks in the gondola terminal - and a gift shop?  I'm headed there now! 

Here we are at the start of a brand New Year.  To me, the birth of a New Year is a time for reflection~ an opportunity for change, a chance to make a dream come true, a rare "one more chance" to develop a greater appreciation for what is really important in your life~

Whatever you wish for - whatever you desire in this New Year - I hope that you reach out and make it happen. Every day, every minute, every hour is a treasure.  Make each one count~

Happy New Year!



yaya said...

I'll be the first comment on the last post of 2011...I think the view was magnificent! The photos were wonderful and I just can't believe how beautiful this world is. Thanks for sharing them and have a Happy New Year and I hope you have good health and many more trips so we can see all the wonderful pics you share!

Mosaic Magpie said...

You are one globe trotting blogger! You are so right about making each moment count. I am blessed to have you for a friend.
Happy New Year!

Lois Evensen said...

What a spectacular place and beautiful images! Thank you for sharing and Happy New Year!

Shirley said...

Hi Vicki, Your pictures are beautiful and it made me think I was right there with you. The resturant reminded me of a trip to Sun Valley where the owners had just built a new Lodge on top of a mountain and we got to go there for lunch. The view was to die for as those of yours are awesome. I always love to visit you when you are traveling because I never know where you are taking me. I am spending a little me time reading blogs and I am so glad I came to visit you. Happy New Year and thanks for sharing such a wonderful trip. Your Missour friend.

Tanna said...

Stunning views!!! Treetops are definitely glistening there. Wishing you a wonderful 2012, Vickie! blessings ~ tanna

Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... said...

Wow! What a trip!
Judging by the Gardners both had a ball.
The restaurant...fabulous with views to match.
I always love how you include shots of your happy selves.
Thank You for stopping by and being such a sweet Cheering section.
We are so amazed at "US"...captivated by each other.
Life is GOOD...GOD is good.

LOVE to you both this NEW year.
Looking forward to your adventures.
It's good to be back...Hugs, Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Silke Powers said...

Oh, how incredibly beautiful, Vicki!! I love going on these virtual trips with you... I need to write you an e-mail - we had a most wonderful time on our cruise!! Happy New Year to you and the Gardener!! Love, Silke

Acorn to Oak said...

Looks like a spectacular place to visit. Thanks for sharing your photos. It's been on my list of places I want to go. Now, I'm even more excited to see it.

Best wishes for a wonderful 2012!

RedBettySummer said...

Beautiful. I have traveled Western Canada a bit and used to sell tours to Banff and Lake Louise, as well as other Canadian destinations, but sadly, I have not taken the time to visit. Your photos help me to reprioritize my desires. Thanks so much for sharing.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Magnificent, gorgeous, beautiful views Vicki! Breathtaking images. We were in Nepal this summer where Everest is actually considered the top of the world but weren't able to get near the mountains because of the rain. We did see lots of mudslides, landslides and river runs. I can remember visiting Colorado when I was younger. Going up the mountains during the summer where everything was green but getting to those higher altitudes and finding snow on the side of the road in patches was so exciting for this southern girl and her little brother. :) Thanks for sharing your journeys with us, your wonderful nest creations and your giving heart! Blessings to you and yours. May 2012 be filled with all you wish for, health, happiness, love, peace and more! Best wishes, Tammy

suziqu's thread works said...

Oh my goodness Vicki to be there on top of the world and that stupendous sky walk. So breathtaking!!!
For the coming New Year
I wish for you many many more breathtaking views and spectacular walks and tours filled with precious moments and much joy and love in your hearts as you journey on as well as the journey into your creative world too!
Big hugs and love,

Dorthe said...

Incredible photoes ,my dear Vicki-
how amazing to experience such beauty.
Sweet friend I wish you a most happy, and ever so beautiful New Year, -all the best for you, and your family.
Love, Dorthe

myriamkreativ said...

Hi my dear freind,
thank you for sharing the wonderful pics. It is always a pleasure to travel with you *lol*. Youc cheat... there is no Starbucks on the top of the mountain... I can`t believe it - our very special...
I wish you and your beloved ones a wonderful party tonight and a colorful, wonderful, healthy and spectacular year 2012.
Hugs & kisses from Germany

Maggie said...

Dear Vicki,
Thank you for sharing this amazing place with us all, your photographs are stunning. I so enjoyed strolling the skywalk with you this afternoon.
Sending all best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to you & yours,
from Normandy!

Sandies' Patch said...

A very Happy New Year to you and yours too!


Sandie xx

Kim Stevens said...

Oh my goodness, what a wonderful walk through these breathtaking views!!

Happy New Year to you as well!

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

oh oh oh
and you both looked as if you relished every single second.
Thank you for all the gorgeous pictures from 2011. But these have just got to be the best!

gigi knits said...

Happy New Year!!!!

Createology said...

Awe-inspiring...your travels are breathtaking. Making evey moment count is a wonderful goal to achieve. Champagne Hugs Dear...

Deb said...

Happy New Year, Vicki! I've enjoyed all the photos you've shared with us this past year and enjoyed going with you (via blog) on all your excursions! So much Fun! Keep up the great posts and great knitting!

A Scattering said...

My favorite photo is the one of you and Dave together on the bench - your smiles say it all.

Your photos of the breathtaking views are incredible. Some of the valley shots look like you could have taken them from a helicopter - wow, you were waaaaaay up there, weren't you?!

Happy New Year dear friend. I wish you and all your loved ones all the peace, joy and love you deserve. Love, Elaine

SuZeQ said...

Happy New Year, my dear friend. What spectacular photos. I feel like I am right there with you. I am looking forward to another year packed in your suitcase and taking more trips with you. Better change your blog name to 3 Bags Full because I'm sure there are more people that would love to come along.

knitalatte said...

Thanks for sharing your amazing adventures with us this year. I'm looking forward to hearing of your travels planned for 2012. Wishing you and your family love, joy and safe journeys thru all of 2012 too.

susan jenkins said...

Absolutely beautiful pictures! Thank you so much for sharing!
Happiest of New Years Vicki to you and your family!!
I'm excited to see your beautiful creations in the New Year and won't it all just be exciting?
Lots of new ideas and triumphs!!Fun!!

Retired Knitter said...

Wow, you guys have had such a WONDERFUL year. I don't know how you could ever top it.

Thanks for taking us along.

Happy New Years to you.

Jim said...

WOW! Beautiful! It brings back a lot of memories. Thanks for this Vickie! I was told by 'you know who' to check this out!! I am glad I did. I think I'll stick around a bit.

fromsophiesview said...

Imagine that....up on the top of the world and there's a4 legged creature just like me...a doggy woggy...hope it wasn't to just never know what can happen...These are spectacular pictures Vicki...The Gardener looks like he has the restaurant all to himself...such a pristine view...Banff and the Rockies are just so awe-inspiring. All the best to you and yours and a Happy and Healthy 2012!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Oh how beautiful! Dave and Cathy, his first wife, always loved Banff and Lake Louise and it was on our list of places to visit. Now, I want to go even more; thanks, Vicki.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

How breathtakingly beautiful !
There is just something so magical about standing atop a snow-capped mountain, my days of living at the base of Pikes Peak in Colorado, made me a believer.
I wish you a blessed and joyous New Year my friend, I hope to visit back and forth often, in the coming year.

Lili said...

Simply stunning! And the perfect post to end the year on...a very high note. It makes me want to go there just to feel the warmth as you gaze at the breathtaking snow capped mountains (in the summer of course)! You and the Gardener had such a blessed 2011 and I always enjoy the amazing places you take us to Vicki. You have such beautiful images, and the most lovely sentiments and words to go along with them. Wishing you another exciting year as we begin 2012! Love to you my sweet friend. xoxo ~Lili

Shane Pollard said...

Your photos are simply out of this world Vicki - breathtaking!
Makes me want to hop on a plane and see for myself!!!

Wishing you all the New Year Blessings you're dreaming of - and more - dear Vicki!

Live, laugh, love and "be happy" in 2012!
Shane xo

Sharon Lovejoy said...

So, so, so beautiful and inspirational. I want us to go there too. Why don't you weight 500 pounds with all the good restaurants you visit.

Loved your stop-by and your wonderful words.

Big hugs to you. Today was a great day and I am thankful.



Susan McClaskey said...

Your pictures are incredible! You should be a travel writer--oh I forgot, you ARE a travel writer! At any rate, you're right, they are a wonderful way to start the new year. Very inspiring. Hope your year to come is the best ever!

Priscilla said...

Vicki, Just found your blog through Days at Buttermilk Cottage and I absolutely love your blog. I will be reading it everyday!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Beautiful photo's such a wonderful place to visit..
Wishing you and yours a very happy and sweet New Year!
Big hugs, Elizabeth

Maureen said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR Vicki to you and your family. Your photo's are beautiful. I just love the ones of you teaching your male riends to knit, Priceless !!
M x

Anonymous said...

Amazing pictures, amazing nature, amazing places and amazing you!

Great blog! Thanks.

Angela Rueb said...

Oh.....what a gorgeous place, and the photos are so beautiful. You've inspired me to definitely visit the Banff area before I die!!!!

Angie Rueb

Gabriele said...

Hi Vicky, found your blog today and I am amazed. What have I missed when I was in Banff the last year not going up to the top. You were lucky with the weather. We had a lot of clouds and some rain. Ok it's a reason to go there again!
Thanks for showing the pics, they bring back nice momories.
Happy New 2013 from Germany