xylitol gum as xylitol increases salivation, which is great for swallowing on the airplane. According to some researches, xylitol is also a cavity fighter.
photo courtesy of Jessica StonerWhen Dan and I are on vacation, we often spend a lot of time driving around just finding places that have "real" food. It didn't take us long to find an awesome cafe in Canmore. Mountain Juice Cafe has a large menu of smoothies, juices, soups and wraps. After being stuck on a plane with lots of germs it was great to find a place to get some real nourishment.
On to Banff, where we would be staying for the next few days. Dan had to work for the first part of our trip so the girls and I enjoyed a lot of swimming and even some shopping.
We were able to do quite a bit of sight seeing on the latter part of the trip. Lake Louise was a beautiful place to walk, ski, skate or dog sled. We enjoyed some fresh air and a picnic lunch parked at the base of a mountain, something we can't do here in Kingston. While touring, my youngest claimed she saw "a lot" of mountain goats crossing the highway, none of us did, however we were happy to have seen some elk on the side of the road.
My six year old has learned how to draw an elk
I am proud of my little travelers, they were fabulous on the plane, hotel and restaurants. I did enjoy the break from cooking, dishes and regular house maintenance but am happy to be back making my own food.
My four year old drew our airplane
We asked our oldest if she preferred restaurants or eating at home. I wasn't surprised when she said, eating at home, however her reasoning was not what I expected. She can be quite a home body so I figured she would just like eating at her own house, but she said she liked having smoothies. A girl after my own heart!
For my family and friends, especially those in China and Europe, here are a few additional photos.
Getting packed up
Lake Louise..it was a really sunny day
My husband's favourite photo as the town is called Field, yet we didn't see any fields only mountains