20 Questions – Most Beautiful Place You’ve Been?

Recently at work we each received a deck of “20 Questions” playing cards and a Starbucks gift card. The idea behind it is to use your gift card to take a co-worker out for coffee and use the questions to learn more about the people you work with every day.

I started reading through the questions, (that’s not cheating, right?) to see what they were and think about how I’d answer, and found myself pretty puzzled by many of them.

So, I thought this might make a fun series for the blog. Me doing by best to answer 20 questions to learn more about myself. This may be terribly boring for all of you – so, my apologies in advance, if so. Feel free to share you own answers in the comments!

*Question #1 – Where is the most beautiful place you’ve ever been, and why?

Everywhere is beautiful in its own right, and while it’s a bit of a toss up for me between two places in particular, I have to say the most beautiful place I’ve ever been is Banff, Canada.

My husband and I have been fortunate to take several amazing vacations together, to lots of stunning places, but Banff sticks out above the rest for me. Perhaps because we were on our honeymoon and taking everything in through that newlywed gaze, but I think it was more than that.

I have always been, and will always be, a mountain girl. Beaches are lovely and the ocean is incredible, but beaches also generally mean I’m hot and sweaty and feeling self-conscious in a bathing suit. Plus the sand…ugh THE SAND. It gets everywhere. Forever. And sharks. And jellyfish. And crabs. And really just a bunch of stuff that wants to bite, pinch or annoy me.

So I choose the mountains. Cooler temperatures, bundling up, crisp mountain air, waterfalls, campfires, snow caps and no bathing suits to be found.

In Banff specifically, you add in the sparkling crystal turquoise of the glacial lakes, and the views just cannot be beat. Lake Louise is the biggest tourist attraction there, understandably, as it is stunning and sits right next to the gorgeous and sprawling Fairmont Hotel at Chateau Lake Louise. However, my favorite view is just a couple miles away at Moraine Lake.

Moraine is set in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. You can rent canoes and take in all the views from the lake itself, or hike around it and appreciate the pristine blue waters from above.

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Photo Courtesy of BanffandBeyond.com, because they’re more skilled at photography.

I personally could have stared at this view forever. I never wanted to leave. The beauty is so vast and overwhelming, and the mountains, something about the mountains affect me in a way no other natural beauty does. They give me this sense of calm and peace. It’s like nothing else matters. Their pure size and majesty is the most profound way I experience God. I just simply have never seen anything more beautiful. They’re like this little glimpse of Heaven and what He is capable of. I took approximately 10,000 mountain pictures on our honeymoon. I still have many framed in our house.

Thanks for the memories, Banff. (Side note, if you’ve never seen mountain goats in real life, you are absolutely missing out. They are balancing masterminds and mind blowing to watch at work. There’s one hidden in that picture above on the far left.)

Finally, before my sand-loving, sun-bathing friends go on the defense, you should know that my runner up is Moreton Island, just outside Brisbane, Australia. An incredibly serene beach with phenomenal snorkeling (although, would have admittedly been better had I remembered to bring contacts to wear with my snorkeling goggles…)

What about you? What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?

*Note to anyone born after 1990: “#” means “number” in this case, not “hashtag.”  Wouldn’t want to cause any confusion.

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