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Officially Open

Today my good friend, Vickie and I went for a nice long walk on the newly open Rock Island Trail.

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Of course Sadie had to help me put on my hiking boots.

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Naturally the litterbugs have made it to the trail and I am hoping that the state will splurge for some better signs in the near future.

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Today was a dreary day, as it has been for over a week.  However, the temps were in the 50’s so can’t really complain.

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We didn’t see any deer, but did see the tracks they left behind.

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This was the weirdest thing we saw while on our walk.  Not sure if someone buried Fluffy out here or what.  In all it was a good walk.  We got in 4.57 miles.  Will definitely need to bring the dogs out in the near future for a nice long walk to wear them out.

 

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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.

Teahouses

There are two trails that we wanted to hike while we were at Lake Louise.  We decided to hike the Lake Agnes Tea House Trail and the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail.  Both trails total 14.6 km (9.07 miles).  The trail for Lake Agnes was a relatively easy hike, while the Plain of Six Glaciers was more challenging.  Of course the going was all mostly up.  We did get to see some nifty things on the way.

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This gray jay was very accommodating by sitting on a low branch and posing for our pictures.

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There were all kinds of interesting mushrooms along the way.

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We did see some folks later in the day foraging for mushrooms.  I know nothing about them except for the ones at the grocery store, so I just take their picture.

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This is Lake Agnes.  The Lake Agnes Teahouse offers up quite a selection of teas, and I witnessed an employee getting water with a teapot straight out of the lake, which I found interesting yet disturbing.  We didn’t take any pictures of the teahouse as there was quite the throng of tourists and we just wanted to get moving on to the next teahouse on the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail.

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We discovered a “fairy house” on the Plain of Six Glaciers Trail.  Not sure if the mushroom grew upward with the pine cone on top of it, or if there was human intervention.  Either way, it was very picture worthy.

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The further along the trail we went the higher and higher we got.

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The higher and higher we got, the less air there seemed to be.  Glen is a good man though, he periodically turns to make sure I am still trudging along.  I get there, just a lot slower than others.  This is me, trying to suck in air.

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We did finally make it to the teahouse, and we were both starving.  We managed to find a table and had a wonderful lunch of homemade vegetable soup, sandwich and chocolate cake.  No pictures of the food, it was consumed too fast 🙂

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This tree, complete with a raven, was next to the patio where we were sitting enjoying our lunch.  He was keeping a sharp eye out for any food that got left behind.

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Lastly, is a panoramic picture at the teahouse.  In the middle of the shot are the glaciers on top of the mountain.  It was a very rewarding view after a long hike up.  Of course, we still had to go all the way back down.

Good Day to be Outside

The weather was so nice yesterday that the birds got some outside time.  Fresh air and sunshine does birdies good.

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Clothes Line Construction

Glen is such a sweetie!  He constructed and installed a clothes line for me.  I know for some, this would seem a strange thing to be excited about.  I love being able to hang clothes/sheets out to dry in the fresh air and sunshine.

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The construction phase….

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Installed and ready to go.  Naturally, after getting it all done the weather took a nose dive and it snowed again.  Come on spring!

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