Banff Johnston Canyon Creek Trail and Two Jack Lake

The whole camping trip was actually spent without much planning. After having brunch we knew we had to at least get fishing licenses for those who wanted to fish. A group of us went off to two jack lake to look for fishing spots while the other group went to Banff to get the license. Once everyone settled down, a bunch of us decided to check out other places since we weren’t planning to fish.

I visited Johnston Canyon last year and had some great memories there in the midst of the great Alberta flood. The view is totally worth another visit and this time I wanted to visit the long trail instead of the quick half an hour lower falls. Surprisingly a bunch of us were up for the idea so we quickly drove there from Two Jack Lake in hopes of finishing the walk right around sunset.

You can check out my last trip to Johnston Canyon, perhaps you will see how my photos have evolved in style with my landscapes =)
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With my days shooting with my D7000 and D5100 bodies, I find it to be an advantage to shoot with crop frame bodies. Mainly because it’s cheaper and lighter especially on hikes like this. Taking stars would make me wish I had something with even better ISO performance such as a Nikon D3s though… Perhaps one day I could rent!
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Traveling to Mongkok, Hong Kong

Alright, back to photos from the trip! This is the place everyone would go more then once while staying in Hong Kong. The street vendor filled lui yun street, the awesome malls, the trendiest clothes, food, and camera stores! To summarize Mongkok in a nutshell, is almost as hard as describing Hong Kong to someone. To me, Mongkok is the definition of street, trend, and crowded ghetto of Hong Kong. What’s your definition of it?

 

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Tin Hau Hong Kong

A friend of mine told me to try out a “dai pai dong” open-air food stall located in tin hau. I have always walked by that place but never really went inside. What you see is lots of garage and auto shops, with an exception of a few grocery stores and a lot of neat little restaurants. The street is definitely not crowded like that of Mongkok or Causeway Bay. That alone was an open invitation for me to slow down my walk to enjoy the authentic streets of Hong Kong. The birds who seek refuge in roofs and strange places between building, the walls, and a taste of the famous street food.

Dai pai dong is a type of open-air food stall once very popular in Hong Kong. The government registration name in Hong Kong is “cooked-food stalls”, but dai pai dong literally means “restaurant with a big license plate”, referring to its size of license which is bigger than other licensed street vendors.

 

A place that many has gain a name in Hong Kong is the shun hing dai pai dong, located in tin hau. I had a taste of their signature egg and bbq pork rice and cart noodle(guess what toppings I had?) Don’t scroll down for the answers yet!  滑蛋叉燒飯 & 車仔撈麵. Thank you again for bringing me here!

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Banff Johnston Canyon Lower Trail

We scheduled this trip right when the great Alberta flood hit and so we had to cancel until they reopen again. Water wasn’t clear like it should, but we definitely got to see some really cool new things many people may not be able to witness! We arrived really late so we only had time to walk the shorter lower trail.Johnston Canyon Johnston Canyon Trail Banff Lake Luise Alberta Canada  02Johnston Canyon Trail Banff Lake Luise Alberta Canada
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Hike Continental Divide Banff National Park of Alberta and Kooteney National Park of British Columbia

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The sign reads “Continental Divide Altitude 5382ET Above Sea Level”  Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean, Banff National Park of Alberta and Kooteney National Park of British Columbia

Bird Kooteney Anyone know what kind of bird this is?

Civic Highway Road Camping Journey road back home For more of my journey, you can see my flickr page.