REALITY VS SOCIAL MEDIA... This isn't meant to be a negative post but I just want to share some truths behind this photo.
This is honestly one of the most beautiful sceneries I've seen. It almost looks too good to be real doesn't it? But this was actually our 3rd attempt to get to Moraine Lake and we got up at 4am to access the car park near the lake before it was full, resulting in access to the road closing. You have to be really lucky to pass the entry at a time when another car leaves to be let in. Otherwise you then have to drive 20+ minutes to another car park off the highway, then wait and pay to get a bus to Moraine Lake. We didn't know this when we first went and we didn't have time to drive to the other car park, wait for the bus and pay $40+ to get there. We thought 7am would be early enough to get access on our 2nd attempt. It wasn't and again we didn't have time.
Luckily I hadn't made arrangements for our last night on our Canadian Rockies road trip so we got to see Lake Morraine on our last morning of our road trip, before returning to Calgary to fly back to Vancouver on the same day.... It was a long day.
We ended up paying $250 to stay in a very shabby hotel that we were in for about 12hrs. We got up at 4am to drive 30 minutes to the lake and secure our spot in the car park right near Lake Morraine. We tried to go back to sleep for a little while without much luck. It was freezing and it wasn't long before more cars, campervans and tour buses started to arrive. I wasn't dressed for the cold so I grabbed the first thing I saw at the top of my suitcase. This resulted in the stylish outfit I'm wearing 😂
We saw girls who were very dressed up with full faces of makeup around the lakes and mountains on our trip. Spending so much time just to get that 'perfect' photo. I often wonder if they even went hiking and enjoyed the beautiful surroundings, or if they were just there to get their perfect photo for social media.
This is me trying not to be sick from a migraine, not wearing any makeup with unbrushed hair in mismatched clothes 😂 This is reality.
See the next post for the rest of the story....