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A lake full of Helens

Maybe one day I’ll be up to date again, but in the meantime, here is another post finally coming about a month after the actual action. This day was gloriously warm, and felt more like summer than post-leaf autumn. With a visiting grandparent, we decided to get out hiking somewhere different. And for some reason, we’d never hiked up to Helen Lake. It lies just by Dolomite Peak up on Hwy 93 – an area we’d ski toured, but not visited in summer. Which is crazy, because it’s amazing. Up near the treeline, views were gorgeous. The lakes had started … Continue reading A lake full of Helens

Finding powder

A day out at the Crowfoot Glacier Glades. We hit the slopes early and got to ski a lot of un-tracked chutes, hoorah! The snow kept falling all day, and the powder was lovely to ski (even if it was heavier than usual for the Icefields Parkway). And so we skied down, and skinned up, and skied down, and skinned up. The way these things go.

The Icefields Parkway tourist expedition

Bow Lake was freezing cold of course, but not so cold a toddler couldn’t demand to have his shoes and socks taken off, and then run in and out of it. Touristing Aunt and Cousin, and photo-bombing toddler Playing on the boardwalk at the Columbia Icefields Centre Running out to Nigel Pass and back again – it’s a 10 minute drive to the trailhead from the Icefields Centre, and then about 14km return with less than 300 metres of climbing to go all the way to the Pass and back. We didn’t quite go all the way, as we were … Continue reading The Icefields Parkway tourist expedition

a wintery day on the icefields parkway

This was last weekend, at Bow Lake on the Icefields Parkway. So cold and windy that even the ravens were just sitting tucked against the ground, their beaks towards the wind. Though it didn’t stop them from hanging out in parking spots hoping for handouts from tourists. There was a lot of snow on the ground, and the road was icy – a long way from the conditions in our valley, where it really hasn’t been snowing much, and is continuing to be suspiciously warm for this time of the year.

chipmunks and RVs – tales of the road

After living here for nearly a year, we finally visited Lake Louise and drove up the Icefields Parkway to Jasper on the weekend, in a bout of touristing with Mum. It wasn’t fatal, but camping and road trips sure are popular round here in Summer. We fought our way up the highway through streams of traffic, and battled for campground space with RVs. Vicious chipmunks attempted to eat our shoes and car tyres, and vicious panpipe and trumpet players attempted to assault our ears. We were not crushed by the relentless retreat of the Athabasca Glacier, and no tourists fell … Continue reading chipmunks and RVs – tales of the road