So for those of you who have followed our adventures as they've unfolded over the past year - we just last Monday arrived back in the States from our "winter in Mazatlan". We will be staying at my dad's property in North Idaho for much of the summer - and it's only about an hour and a half from the Canadian border - so on our 4th day back I decided I was going to surprise the kids with a weekend get away to Canada.
Because seriously how cool is it to say that you've been in three different COUNTRIES in the same week!
The drive from rural Clark Fork, up north through Bonners Ferry and eventually crossing into British Columbia is stunning! Here are some of the amazing vistas we stopped to photograph along the way. I love that my girls are getting the "photography bug" just like their mama.
Once we crossed into Canada, we stopped at this cute little vineyard so the kids could stretch their legs and I could pick up a delicious bottle of the local Pinot. Then we continued on to our destination... Ainsworth Hotsprings. If you haven't been, you really should! It's a natural hot springs but the blend of minerals is such that it doesn't stink like sulfur like many of the naturally occurring hot springs in the Pacific Northwest. Also, it has this awesome cave that you can walk through... definitely the highlight from my childhood memories!
The trip was such a last minute thing that I didn't even bother to make hotel reservations. Such spontaneity almost turned dismal when I learned it was a holiday weekend in Canada and all the hotels near Ainsworth were booked. Airbnb to the rescue! I jumped on the app, found a cute little place about an hour away, chatted with the host, and booked it within an hour of arriving at Ainsworth. Then we spent the afternoon relaxing in the hot pools and exploring the caves.
Here's a few pictures of our airbnb in Kootenay Bay, British Columbia and a link to their listing in case you are ever in the area.
The next day, we drove home - making a loop through customs so that we could get both our US and Canada stamps in our passports (they hadn't stamped them on the way into Canada the day before and my older girls were terribly disappointed.)
Fellow moms - this was soooo out of my comfort zone to take such an unplanned, last minute, international road trip - alone with my 3 kids. But we did it! And it was amazing! I had such a great time and made some memories with them that will last a lifetime. If you are on the fence about traveling with your littles... JUST DO IT!