Happy (late) Easter!
I haven’t updated this blog for awhile due to travelling to Chicago for work and then catching up on work since we were gone for work….it’s a never ending cycle. Anyhow, this past Easter long weekend we decided to take the mountainous drive from Calgary to Vancouver. Ah, nothing like road trip to excite you for the upcoming long weekend right? Well, it was a beautiful drive through the Rockies but it’s also a long one, about 12 hours.
The drive through the Rocky Mountains from Calgary to Vancouver as beautiful as it is, can be quite nerve wrecking to drive. Since some of the roads are one lane each way with the occasion passing lane which are hard to notice especially if you’re driving at night. Our suggestions (like many of our friends have suggested) is to drive in the day and don’t risk driving at night. Especially the drive between Banff, Alberta and Golden, BC where a lot of the roads are one lanes and are on the sides of the mountains- for those who are scared of heights your legs might feel a little weak in the car (mine did for a short time, but it was all good… ). Oh, and during that particular drive the weather can change instantly… which did happen on our way there.
What we ended up doing was taking off from Calgary at around 2:00 pm and got to Kamloops, BC at around 11:oopm. Generally, it wouldn’t take this long but we did hit some rain, then snow, then rain plus snow, with a mix of semi-trucks and folks who think they’re car drivers, which caused us to take the “slow and steady” mentality to reaching Kamloops. From there we took Route 5 (Yellowhead) to Vancouver instead of Highway No.1 (for all you travellers who haven’t taken the route- Route 5 from Kamloops is much easier (2 lanes each way, pretty, and shorter distance to get to Vancouver).
For the food lovers out there, you may ask “What snacks did you pack?” and my answer to you is this …..
My choice as the ultimate road trip food to pack is… the Banh Mi.
“Bánh mì or bánh mỳ (English pronunciation: /ˈbʌn ˌmiː/, Vietnamese pronunciation: [ɓǎɲ mî]) is a Vietnamese term for all kinds of bread. Bread, or more specifically the baguette, was introduced by the French during its colonial period. The bread most commonly found in Vietnam is single serve and resembles a torpedo, therefore the term bánh mì is synonymous with this type of bread. The bánh mì is usually more airy than its western counterpart, so as a result, has a thinner crust……The sandwich is a product of French colonialism in Indochina, combining ingredients from the French (baguettes, pâté and mayonnaise) with native Vietnamese ingredients like cilantro (coriander leaves), hot peppers, and pickled carrots.” -As per Wikipedia.
** Banh Mi Thi Thi takes cash only **