I can't help myself, I keep looking at web cams from throughout Banff National Park and I sigh and I just want to be there. Thursday morning rolled around and I then had time to consider where I might like to hang out on Saturday. It was looking like I would have to go solo so needed some place safe. Sulphur! Sundance! I am probably the only avid hiker who has not hiked up the front side of Sulphur under the Gondola. In getting my focus back on track which I forgot about, I went for something new.
I began early with intentions to be on the top before loads of tourists arrive. Today is the first day the Gondola is running after the annual winter maintenance closure. My pack was light, only microspikes and poles were needed, and off to the top I trekked.
It was just me and the trees.
Every now and then I got a peek between the trees.
At the far end where Cosmic Ray meets up with the boardwalk was the best spot for a summit shot.
new untouched snow
morning tea time
.....take it all in and "remember to breathe"!
some of the sights from up on Sulphur
Slowly the tourists began to arrive, gondola car by gondola car. The place was not overloaded yet. After investing time to see all I wanted to see and experience all I wanted to experience up here, I hopped the gondola down. It was a free ride which is the case in winter months if you hiked up. This was my view out the open window.
I have only been out to Sundance Canyon once so I added that to today's Banff adventure to see it in full on winter mode. While the parking lot was packed the trail was not. I made quick time down the trail getting to where the Bow River was accessible.
along the Bow
the river, the mountains
I reached the entrance to Sundance Canyon.
You can see the suspended bridge down below that I crossed.
On the way back the views were just as sweet.
I captured one last photograph.
I like shadow shots like this.
It shows how sunny today was.
I was reminded again today how fortunate I am to have this beautiful National Park out my back door. I saw so much it seemed like I was away forever. What a wonderful escape today and I am thankful for that!