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Zonked Out

It is a rainy day here today and everyone is in nap mode.

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Red Tail Hawk

One rainy day last week, I happened to catch sight of a red tail hawk catching food at the end of our driveway.  DSC03697-2

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Hiking the Athabasca Glacier

On our last full day in Canada, Glen and I scheduled a hike on the Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park.

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When we got there it was blowing snow and visibility was pretty poor.

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However, by the time everyone in our group geared up the snow had stopped and the sun had come out.  We had to hike up to the glacier, which was the hardest part because it was so rocky.

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This is the view once we got onto the glacier.

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Our guide dug down and handed all of us some of the glacial ice.  This ice is 200 plus years old.  Pretty amazing to think about.

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Our guide graciously took our picture 🙂

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Here you can see more snow moving in. It was pretty much at this time the guide thought it would be a good idea to start heading back down.

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We hiked most of the way back down the glacier next to a shallow crevasse.  You can also see it had started to snow.

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We got to look down into a glacial hole, one at a time, while holding our guides hand to make sure we didn’t fall in.

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At this point it was snowing pretty hard and the wind was blowing gale force.  We had to shield our faces because the snow was hitting us and stinging our skin.

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The snow sure made the view pretty on the drive back to Canmore.

Bow Lake

The same day that Glen and I went to Peyto lake we also hiked around Bow Lake.  It was a blustery cold day and I ended up getting windburned.  The lake was very beautiful and has a trail that takes you to a waterfall.

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Here we are on the trail to the waterfall.

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Of course there were plenty of cute ground squirrels to take pictures of.

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This one had mud all over its face.  Made me wonder what in the world it was up to.

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Selfie of me and Glen with Bow Lake as a backdrop.

Peyto Lake

Peyto Lake was, for me, the most beautiful lake that we saw.  It was also one of the coolest and windiest days for us.

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There is a nice paved trail at Peyto Lake for visitors.  We saw a few nifty things along the way, such as this cute squirrel that was very busy having a snack.

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These mushrooms were as big as dinner plates and look like they have been burned.  Very ominous looking fungus.

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Panoramic shot of Peyto Lake.  It was just stunning.

Titmouse

Patience paid off. I finally got some good shots of the little gray tufted titmouse last week.

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Winter Plumage

A female goldfinch visited our bird feeder recently. They aren’t as pretty in winter…however, spring is just around the corner.

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New Visitor

The weather this last week ha been really nasty. As a result, the bird feeder was very, very busy. Of all of the birdies, we got a single red winged black bird that came to feed. Beautiful bird.

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Taking Flight

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Alarming

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This poor, innocent squirrel was snacking on acorns when it heard our umbrella cockatoo scream from inside the house.

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