Saved by the Canadian
The Icefields Parkway in Alberta, Canada is considered one of the scenic drives in the world. And I can see why! Every inch of this stretch of 144mi highway from Banff National Park to Jasper National park is lined with mountains such as these. We drove for hours with my face pressed against the window and my neck straining skywards at the peaks. It was like stepping into another world – a world much prettier than I could imagine in any books, or have seen in any movie.
I almost missed my opportunity to photograph this or any other point along the highway. I had forgotten to charge my camera battery the night prior (this was back when I was a newb and had no backups!). I remember with certain clarity the sheer panic when I realized my camera was dead. We were in the middle of nowhere, miles and miles from any place with a power outlet. Or so it seemed.
Suddenly, as if out of nowhere, a lodge appeared off the side of the road in the distance. I was desperate, and my brother is insanely supportive, so we pulled off the highway to scope out this place. We were greeted by an enthusiastic man behind a desk. The lodge was nearly empty. It was just this kind man who was clearly glad to see anybody. He welcomed us in, and I explained my situation. He offered me a seat near a power outlet, and I charged my camera for nearly an hour while he brought us cookies and hot chocolate.
It was a surreal interlude in our day, and it stands out as a memory I won’t forget quickly. Every time I look at my photos from that day, I’m reminded of the friendly Canadian who saved the day.