Monday, June 26, 2017

Onward and Upward!

Between hoofing it and pedaling this past five days, I clocked a distance of just over 99 km and climbed 3200 metres, on various hiking and biking trails around the Canmore area. What an incredible extended weekend it was!

It began on the summer solstice, with a quick, late evening jaunt up Tunnel Mountain. The night was windy and cool, but it was still great to get out and stretch the legs and use up every last minute of daylight available.

A leisurely Legacy Trail cruise was next up on the agenda. I love pedaling over to Banff for lunch (and a beer!), and the moderately overcast day was perfect for it.

Ha Ling and Miners' Peak were the objectives for Friday, and talk about feeling lucky! Of all the times I've been to the summit of Ha Ling, this was the first time that I didn't have to tie everything down or have it blown off at the top. The nearly non-existent breeze was an unexpected treat.

Saturday was another surprisingly beautiful hike, in spite of its name. Old Goat Glacier doesn't sound all that appealing, however it became apparent almost immediately that it is one of the prettiest trails in the Spray Valley.

I stepped totally out of my comfort zone on Sunday when I pedaled my bike (and pushed it of course!) up to Prairie View Lookout... and down the other side! A few bruises, several hours, and a sore butt later, I completed the loop. I wouldn't exactly describe it as your typical, pleasant Sunday afternoon ride, but I had fun nonetheless and learned a lot and I love my new bike!

Finally, last but certainly not least, today I hiked to something that I've been eyeing up for quite some time - Grassi Knob. The details for the trail were hard to find, but I'm glad I persevered because the reward was totally worth the effort! The straight up grind ends with a fabulous 360 degree view that rivals the vistas from Ha Ling and EEOR, but without all the people!

And that my friends, is how I spent my days off. Have I mentioned lately, that it's good to be me!


Monday, June 5, 2017

A little of this, a little of that.....

Yet another most excellent weekend in the Rockies was had by me! The rain held off Friday, and I had enough time for a late afternoon stroll up to the Lake Agnes Teahouse.

Saturday, the skies completely cleared and the lovely weather afforded me a trip up the always fun East End of Rundle.

Sunday was chill - I got an alpine start and rolled into MEC first thing, and of course as per usual I did not leave the store empty-handed.... oy.... I should know better by now than to just go 'have a look around'.... Tsk.... LOL!

At any rate, it was a fabulous three day vacation and I appreciated getting away from the shutdown grind. Love my mountain therapy sessions!


Hiking - Lake Agnes
Time (car to car): 3 hrs
Distance: 7.5km
Elevation Gain: 390m

Scramble - EEOR (East End of Rundle)
Time (car to car): 4 hrs
Distance: 6.0km
Elevation Gain: 900m

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Days of May

It's almost too good to be true.... three fine, fine weekends, in a row, in May.... including May Long.... What... is going on?? Wow! Anyway, I am not complaining, believe me - I am simply in awe of this rarely experienced phenomenon. And I have definitely been taking advantage of it!

On my post-birthday weekend I went to Medicine Hat, to visit my parents as well as one of my besties. For a solid 48 hours I alternated between playing cards with my Mom and Dad and scrubbing floors in Jynelle's beautiful old house. Sounds like an odd combination of activities I know, but it was fabulous!

Springtime on the prairies.

It's bug season! Ewwww.

The homestead.

The Parents. My Mom is still being
cordial to me at this point.....

I'm seldom on the winning side of the table, so
this was a nice way to end the evening!

Elinor however, had something to say
about my victory.... which I may or may not
have made a big deal about.... LOL!

So the card game was where I had to use my brain, and Jynelle's house, was where I had to use my brawn. She is giving the place a nice facelift and I contributed some elbow grease to the cause.

One room down....

....and a few more to go!

Quality time with my BFF!

The long weekend ended up being mostly chill, however I did venture out to Siffleur Falls one of the days, which I've blown past a hundred times on my way to the mountains but never stopped. What a more than pleasantly surprising trail!

Beautiful canyon!

Amazing water color!

The crocuses are out.

Cool view.

More great landscape.

Right after the holiday Monday, my plant started into a shutdown. The first full-tilt week of ripping and tearing was capped off nicely for me by some more incredible outside time. The weekend weather was stellar, both days, and I clocked about 25km on trails around Canmore.

Overall, the month of May has been excellent! And I am keeping my fingers crossed that this is NOT all that we get for summer.... LOL!


Hiking - Siffleur Falls
Time (car to car): 3-1/2 hrs
Distance: 12.0km (hiked 2km beyond first falls)
Elevation Gain: 150m

Hiking - Ribbon Falls
Time (car to car): 5-1/2 hrs
Distance: 18.5km (hiked up to the chains)
Elevation Gain: 420m

Hiking - West Wind Pass
Time (car to car): 2 hrs
Distance: 4.5km
Elevation Gain: 360m