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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.

 

Icicle Gorge Trail

Ok, so we are back to the vacation pictures.  Glen and I decided to hike an easier trail, so we decided on the Icicle Gorge Trail.  It is rated at a whopping 2 out of 5 on difficulty.

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As you can see the tail was so much smoother and easier to hike.

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The layers in the rock were simply amazing.

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Since the hiking was nice and easy we could enjoy the views.

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Glen decided to check and see how cold the water was.  He said it was cold but felt really good.  I am anti-cold water, so I did not soak my feet.

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Again, fantastic views.

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Another selfie 🙂

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Stuart Lake

After hiking to Surprise Lake, and the excess physical exertion that it took, we decided to hike a trail that was only rated 3 out of 5 in difficulty.  So, Stuart Lake it was.  On the plus side, Stuart Lake is one of Washington state’s most beautiful lakes.

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Right away it was a much easier trail to hike.  It was still rocky, but much easier to navigate.

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The views were also amazing making hiking long miles so worth the effort.

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Glen and I both decided we could live out the rest of our lives with this view.  Now just to win the lottery :o)

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Stuart Lake did not disappoint.  It was absolutely beautiful.  This was our lunch spot.

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No trip is complete without a selfie.  Nice backdrop with Stuart Lake.

Surprise Lake

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Our day started out gloriously enough with a beautiful sunrise.  We had decided to hike up to Surprise Lake which was rated a 4 out of 5 in difficulty.  This day would prove to us that we may be getting too old for such shenanigans.

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The hike started out not so pretty with the power lines.  This was the easiest part of the hike.

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Up, up and up.

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Saw some awesome fungus along the way.

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And we saw some ominous looking fungus.

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We hiked on an itty bitty part of the famous Pacific Crest Trail.

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This is the part of the trail where it really ceased being fun for me.  It wasn’t just rocky.  We had to clamor up large boulders, and naturally I fell.

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I had an elbow that matched my knee.  It doesn’t look too bad and at the time I was mostly mad because I tore my pants.  Good thing I married a man that is always prepared.  We had a first aid kit in our camelbak.

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This was what we hiked to see, Surprise Lake.  Not sure it was worth all the effort, blood and sweat that it took to get here.  By the time we got there I had exerted myself to the point that I seriously thought I was going to vomit.  For me, going back down the mountain was an easier enterprise.

 

 

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.

Ink Pots

There was a trail we hiked that branched off of the Johnston Canyon trail.  Most tourists don’t hike this trail, and being anti large crowd type of people, we decided to go for it.  The trail took us to some ink pots.  The ink pots are springs that bubble up to the surface and create emerald green pools.  The sediment is like quick sand and you can see the water moving it around.

Hiking Johnston Canyon

Johnston Canyon was a fantastic hike because it is a relatively easy hike and it was rife with waterfalls.

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Glen snapped this at the beginning of the trail before the hoards of tourists surrounded us.

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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.

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.

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