Since the flooding in June this year the number of deer and coyotes lurking around the back of the house has fallen dramatically, but the winter has seen them return in the usual numbers and once again we can sit in the living room watching them pass by.
We couldn't let the long weekend escape without a trip to the mountains, so we returned to the Elbow Valley and took a trail that neither of us had explored as yet. We found a great overlook after 4 km or so and enjoyed steaming hot tea in the cold mountain air looking out across the valley. Click here for more.
Just a short autumnal afternoon in the sunshine of the Elbow Valley. We enjoyed a short hike and a picnic by the river in a beautiful location close to home. Click here for full write up and photos
This wee wonder of a hike sits along Highwood Pass and has been out of reach all year due to 'post flood' road closures, with some significant effort from Alberta Parks and Rec a short section of the road has been reopened and I seized the opportunity to get down there before the normal planned winter closures, I'm so glad I did. Click here for a full hike report and photos
A short visit to the UK to see a new addition to the family and an opportunity to have a lovely day out with Mark, Hayley and Ethan at a local country estate where ducks, conkers and tree climbing provided a fine adventure for Ethan (and maybe his dad and grandad too) Click here for full story and more photos.
Not some sort of weird riding event as the title may suggest , but the name of a mountain close to Spray Lakes Reservoir which I hiked yesterday. The Pigs Back is an incredibly photogenic location and the beautiful autumnal colours really made it worthwhile. Without them it would have been a dour affair with constant snow showers throughout the day, all in all it was well worth the effort. Click here for full story and pics.
Just a quick shot of the beautiful colours behind the house this week, autumn is a short season here and we both really wish it was longer. (click picture for a larger version)
Sarah and I revisited the Jumpingpound Trail on Sunday and enjoyed a gentle 12.5km (7.7) wander through the forest taking in the beautiful colours of early autumn. The 5 shots below show the best of the early views.
I took a long hike through the Elbow Valley this week along a dry creek bed, the mountains have their first snow covering this year and just enough trees are turning to add wonderfully to the photos. Click here for the full hike and pics.
We spent Labour Day weekend exploring a little of Yoho National Park, we visited waterfalls, hiked along rivers and lakes and explored small mountain towns along the way, 'we' even jumped in the icy cold waters of a glacial river. It was another great weekend in the mountains. Click here for full story and pics.