Alberta Rockies (2007)

bhaskar chanda alberta rockiesYou think of a traveler as someone who is too restless to stay still, who always needs to be on the move, doing things, changing things, seeing things, learning things. Maybe that describes me to a point–I do tend to get antsy when I’m not making a difference in some way, and while I’m not doing stem cell research, I love nothing more than traveling all over the globe and taking pictures of new places. But to be honest, it’s not always restlessness I feel. Sometimes in my travels I find a place so stunningly beautiful, so remarkably enchanting, that I wouldn’t have any problem at all just staying there forever.

bhaskar chanda alberta rockiesThat’s how I felt when I first visited the Alberta Rockies in 2007. From the sublime peaks to the lush valleys, the range is a wonderland of crystal blue lakes, dense green forests, waterfalls, and endless, untamed wildlife. Just a short day drive from Calgary and Edmonton, the Rockies’ panoramic vistas are literally breathtaking. All I could think was thank goodness for digital cameras–I couldn’t possibly have carried enough rolls of film for the amount of pictures I was drawn to take.

While there are all sorts guided tours on horseback or in low-flying airplanes, I’m a DIY kind of guy–I had to get out there on my own, just me and my camera.

I started with some ice climbing…

bhaskar chanada ice climb

And then did some skiing…

bhaskar chanda skiing

In the end, it was a great trip, and I’d go back in a heartbeat!

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