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Last week my dad and I went out to Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park for another hike. It’s a good thing we went when we did cause we’re supposed to be getting up to 20 centimetres of snow by tonight.

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We decided to start off by taking the Tiger Lily Loop. We didn’t go this way last time cause I had my bike and bikes weren’t allowed on this path.

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I thought the field looked so cool with the lines in it. The mountains were really clear that day too.

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It was really windy the day we went, but not necessarily cold. I was the perfect temperature with a hoodie and capris, but the wind was doing a number on my hands, so I had to put on my mitts. BTW, my hair usually doesn’t look like that, it was the wind, I promise.

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Since part of the park used to be a quarry there’s equipment and old buildings left behind. It’s pretty cool to think that these things were here about a hundred years ago.

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The only thing that survived a house fire was this fireplace.

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We had gotten an early start for our hike, so the sun was just starting to hit some of the western slopes. These leaves still had frost on them.

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This section of the park is so pretty with all the bare trees. I bet it would be gorgeous in the summer in full bloom too.

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The bright yellow leaves were such a contrast with the blue sky.

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Gates like this kept the bikes out but pedestrians could go right through.

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This building served as the general store and post office til they were closed down.

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It’s kind of funny to think of rich people building their houses out here in the middle of nowhere.

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I can see why they’d want to though, they’d have amazing views from on top of that hill.

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I know it doesn’t look like it from this photo, but the hill that that path goes up is monstrously huge. As in your legs and butt burn by the time you make it to the top. It’s definitely a good workout, but pretty exhausting too.

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You can’t go wrong with the Bow River and mountains in the same photo.

As promised, here are the photos from the hike to Margaret Falls while I was on vacation. Enjoy!

Margaret Falls September 1 2012 (1)

The Margaret Falls trail is a hike in the easiest sense of the word. The path is packed dirt and flat. It only took 20 minutes to get to the falls and back to the car, with lots of stops to take photos and enjoy the view. It’s so easy to do, one of the people I went with was on crutches.

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It was pretty cool in here compared to the parking lot. I don’t think much sunlight makes it down in here because the sides of the ravine are so steep on both sides. Because of the water running through it it was really moist.

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It was very lush and green. There was something growing everywhere – even the dead trees that had fallen over had moss on them.

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Because of the lack of sun, I found some leaves reaching up for some light.

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The whole hike I felt like I was in a fairy tale – everything from the sounds of the water, to what it looked like – drew you right in.

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Most of the trees were huge – I wouldn’t be able to guess how big they were, but they were really tall. You’d think they’d be pretty old if they were that big.

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This was the amazing end to the hike – Margaret Falls! Just before you can see the falls you can hear them – they’re pretty loud. Apparently there’s a longer, harder hike that goes along the ravine but on the top. From that hike you can get an amazing view of Margaret Falls from above. I’d love to do that hike if I ever made it back there.

Have you been on any great hikes this summer?

Today is the first day of summer! Can you tell I’m really excited about it? 6 months out of the year there’s snow on the ground here, so I try to appreciate the nice whether while it’s here.

Last summer seems like such a long time ago. Or maybe it’s just because a lot of things have happened in the last year – some good, some bad, all kids of stuff.

Here’s what I’m looking forward to this summer:

Lily June 20 2012

Flowers! Working the job that I do, I’ve come to appreciate natural beauty a lot more. I love summertime because the flowers are blooming. Not only are they beautiful, but they also smell good. You can’t help but smile when you see something so pretty.

Bowmont During the Summer June 20 2012

Bowmont! While I haven’t spent much time in the park yet this summer, I spent a good chunk of last summer there (like 4 or 5 times a week). It’s so beautiful. The scenery is always changing too. Because it’s a natural park, that means there’s all kinds of wildflowers. You never know what’s going to be blooming from week to week.

Hiking June 20 2012

Hiking! Even though the mountains aren’t very far from where I live (an hour away), it still feels like I’m a million miles away from the city and my life and anything I’m worrying about. There’s just something about the vastness of the wilderness and how huge the mountains are that puts things in perspective.

Hiking June 2012

And more hiking! I only got out to hike a couple times last year. I really wish I had gone more. But now that it’s June I can go. While I won’t be able to go with my dad anymore (he was my chief hiking partner last year). I did have a friend who mentioned wanting to go this summer, so I think I’m set.

Okanagan June 20 2012


Vacation! I might even have a vacation lined up for this year! It’s been a loooong time since I’ve gone anywhere. Like the summer of 2006 when I was in Europe. Yeah, it’s been that long. While it’s still not 100% sure, I might be spending a couple nights in the Okanagan. Seriously, it has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. Mountains, lakes, and vineyards – can you ask for much more?

What are you looking forward to this summer?

This is the Bow Falls in Banff. It’s amazing to think that this kind of beauty is only an hour away from the city.

I’m always amazed at how big the mountains are whenever I’m there. You’d figure I’d be used to it by now.

I thought this sign was pretty funny. The path along the river is paved, but these warnings made it seem like it was precarious.

Even though it was kind of cloudy, the sun managed to sneak through a bit.

The water was so amazingly clear.

These are the last photos of the hiking that I did over the summer. It’s kind of sad to think that I won’t be able to hike again til May or June.

Here are my other posts about hiking this summer:


Hiking in a Ghost Town

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It’s feeling very wintry here today. There’s lots of snow on the ground and the wind is howling. It’s not actually all that cold, but it still definitely feels like winter. So I thought I’d share some photos of a hike I did in Banff in September when is was warm and sunny out.

According to the GPS, the parking lot was in the lake. I had to take a photo.

There were tons of picnic tables around this lake, and really, you can’t get much better scenery than this for lunch.

When I was standing there this mountain seemed to incredibly huge. I remember thinking that there’s no way that it’s hugeness is going to translate into the photo.

I could totally live in the mountains. I hate small towns, but I think I could do it if I could wake up to a view like this every morning.

These photos are from way back in September when I was in the mountains hiking. This time we ended up at a ghost town. We had to go down this hill to get to it.

There was a path that took you around to see the different buildings that were still partly standing. It was pretty impressive considering some of the buildings were 100 years old.

It was very eerie walking around. It felt weird seeing buildings that were half gone.

You can see why people were willing to come here to work in the mine, even though it was hard work. The views are amazing. I would love to wake up to this every morning.

This was all that was left of the church.

This is another hike that I did in the beginning of September, but I thought I’d share some photos of it anyways. The scenery is so gorgeous, if only my photography skills did it justice.

We ended up at Lake Louise. After searching and searching for a parking spot. It was a beautiful, sunny day without being too hot.

The second half of the hike had quite a few spots like this. There were lots and lots of rock climbers.

The hike started in front of the Chateau Lake Louise. We walked along the left side of the lake. I didn’t realize how far we had hiked until I looked back.

We ended up going past the end of the lake and into the valley behind it. We came across the river that feeds into Lake Louise.

It’s amazing how beautiful it is. I’ll never get sick of views like this.

I ended up going hiking for the first time this year in September. I know, I know, it’s just a little late in the season for a first hike, but at least I got to the mountains. We ended up at Moraine Lake. I’d never been there before, so I was unprepared for the huge crowds of people in the parking lot, but it was still great. After hiking for just 15 or 20 minutes, most of the crowds were gone.

The lake was so clear and blue, it was amazing. The water was really cold though.

Since the trail went along the lake shore, there was next to no elevation gain. There were still incredible views to be had though.

It’s surprising how much snow was still in the higher elevations.

As soon as I saw that dry spot on the rock, I knew I had to get there. I was drawn to it like a three year old to a puddle, I couldn’t help it. I only got one foot a little wet. Apparently my legs aren’t as long as I thought they were.

The trail looks like it belongs in a fairy tale to me.

This photo was taken at the end of the trail. That “small” (at least in this photo) hill of boulders at the opposite side of the lake? That was at the trail head. We hiked along the left side of the lake.

If you’re looking for a beautiful hike that’s flat and doesn’t take very long, I would definitely recommend Moraine Lake. Just be aware that at the trail head it’ll feel like you’re there with tons of people cause it’s such a popular hike. But once you hike for a bit it’s not nearly as busy.