I declare "I am ready for winter" so I went west today looking for it. I kicked off summer with heading to Iceland, a place I had never been and it was such a successful solo trip. I had a wonderful summer of venturing to new heights at places that I have never been. I shared trails with many old & new friends, more so than ever before. I found a new love in kayaking a sport I tried for the first time in September. I enjoyed three large large hikes the most I have ever experienced in a row.
Now I want winter!
At 2:30 am Saturday morning I realized I needed to save my Saturday. All original plans finally fully fell by the way side and I was on my own. I knew I wanted winter and I chased it down. I landed at the Lake Louise parking lot in darkness along side only five other vehicles. I geared up and joined the others. We waited, then waited a little more.
then Lake Louise began to wipe the sleep from her eyes
then she stretched
then she came alive
and showed off her winter white
then added a touch of color to her day
While the others packed up and headed on their way elsewhere, I strolled along the lake shore.
The scenery was incredible.
My pace was a photographer's one.
I was alone and thoroughly enjoyed the peace the quiet the scenery.
nearing the far end of Lake Louise
I knew I could go deeper into winter following the trail.
a golden moment in my day
At the far end of the lake I noticed other fresh tracks in the snow that were heading the same way I was. They came down off the slope onto the trail. They did not belong to a bear but they were a significant size to not belong to a bunny, nor a weasel, nor a coyote. Then I noticed there were two sets one bigger one smaller. Then I did an about face and aimed back along the lake.
I arrived back to the parking lot in time for some lunch. I savoured that then headed out again along the Fairview Trail and the Tramline to check out when the X-C Ski season may start. Soon my friends, soon!
Before leaving The Village, I went for a stroll along the Bow River Trail.
I thought about being up on Fairview (on the right) with my southern friends this summer.
I roamed around the Bow Falls area. I watched a wedding from a vantage point on the other side of the river and after that walked along the paved golf course pathway. The weather was incredible and the scenery too.
from scary cloud to friendly cloud
While it's still autumn in the city it is winter in the mountains.
I know what I am ready for and what I want and it's time to chase after it.