Introduction

Church Trip 2020

Introduction

We’re headed to Alberta! …not the Doc Watson song, the species of spruce tree, MLK’s mother, or the furniture company – but rather, the Canadian province also bearing that name.

It’s been two years since our last “Church Trip”, when we went to the Pacific Northwest. Clearly, we’re long overdue for some more travels (even though there’s really been no shortage). More accurately, we’re due a vacation, so we wanted to go somewhere relaxing and fun, and what better spot than the Canadian Rockies.

It won’t all be R&R though – we’re planning to travel to ~5-7 national parks (1 in the US and 3-4 in Canada), so there will be plenty to keep us active. Buckle up; there’s a lot to share.

Travel, Travel, Travel

As you may remember, we had a few “sorry we lost your luggage” airline credits laying around from my Brazil trip and our Europe trip.

Faith and I originally planned a long weekend trip to Boston in late April/early May. I’d been before (2016 and 2017), but she never has, so it seemed like a great opportunity to get away for a weekend, and to not waste our travel credit. However, our schedules quickly filled up, so we had to postpone that trip for now. Turns out, it hasn’t been the greatest time to travel after all due to the virus.

When I said “buckle up”, I was referring to the volume of potential travel we have planned for the year. So, in no particular order, our 2020 trips [should have] include:

  • *Canceled* - I was supposed to travel for work to Frankfurt, Germany in May, but had to cancel due to COVID-19...make-up trip TBD.
  • *Pending* - While I was supposed to be in Europe, Faith might join her side of the family at the beach in Edisto Island, SC.
  • *Pending* - Church Trip, 2020 edition
  • *Still Likely* - Wisconsin - App is playing football in Madison in September, so we'll take that opportunity to explore some of the Great Lakes region.

Universal Updates

A quick family update: my nose is healed,  Faith is busy teaching 35+ music students this semester and playing at many weddings, Mom has recovered well from her surgery, and Dad is his normal self. That’s about all the new news.

This trip will be a different iteration of Church Trips, since it will be me, Mom, Dad, and Faith for the first time. With four people, it will certainly be a new breed of adventure.

Johnston Canyon, Banff

Initial Itinerary

Icefields Parkway

I mentioned we’d like to visit [up to] seven national parks:

  • Glacier National Park (Montana)
  • Waterton Lakes National Park (Canada)
  • Banff National Park (Canada)
  • Yoho National Park (Canada)
  • Glacier National Park (Canada)
  • Kootenay National Park (Canada)
  • Jasper National Park (Canada)

Generally speaking, we’ll be in the parks most of the time, but also plan to briefly visit the bustling city of Calgary, AB.

Pretty Pictures

Here’re photo previews of some of our destinations:

Macho Map

Here’s a general idea of our planned route:

Casual Conclusion

As always, thanks for following our travels! I’ll try to avoid alliteration going forward. Click the button to subscribe.

See you soon.

– Isaac, Faith, Jerry, and Amy

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