Leaving "Home" for the Mountains

Maddy Elrick

How I ended up in the Canadian Rockies

It was just over a year ago when I took my first trip to the Canadian Rockies. I planned a trip for the end of summer and instantly fell in love with the landscape. I was amazed by the abundance of brightly colored lakes and towering peaks in every direction. I spent the week hiking, canoeing and watching the sun set and rise. 

When my trip came to an end I was extremely disappointed to say good bye because I was unsure of when I would make it back. However just a couple months later I found myself returning to explore winter. The nearly frozen lakes reflected like glass and the surrounding mountains and trees looked gorgeous coated with snow.

It was an amazing time to explore and the National Parks were much quieter this time of the year. Once again I fell in love with the landscape and imagined how lovely it would be to watch the seasons change in the mountains. Later that year I was faced with an opportunity which would allow me to move near the Rockies. Although the change was frightening, I agreed give it a go. A year after my first trip, I found myself living in the area. Even though I moved at the end of summer I still found lots of time to explore and before I knew it the seasons were changing. Fall quickly became winter and I watched every season change with excitement.


Living out here has brought me together with so many liked minded people. Its been a great experience making new friends (and plans for next summer) and learning from other outdoor enthusiasts. Although this move made me leave my "comfortable" life else where, I am so happy with the decision I made and cannot picture my life anywhere else!

Published: October 20, 2016

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