The weekend of August 20-21. My friend Shae and I decided to spend our weekend evenings Sunset chasing. Saturday night we met at the Jumping Pound Petro, just outside of Calgary, for 5pm. We headed out to hike Rimwall in Kananaskis. It’s alone the Smith Dorrien trail in Canmore. This hike is relatively easy. You follow a well boot beaten path, as well as some Cairns. You may have to do some route searching at some points and decide which trail to take. Be ware, if you don’t follow the Cairns (like Shawn and I) you will end up doing some hands on scrambling up some 10-20 ft high cliff bans. Which, if you’re in your comfort zone you should be okay. If not hike back down into the trees and find the Cairns.
Unfortunately because of how early the sun sets now a days. We didn’t summit. We were just shy of summitting, when we decided to stop on the mountain side, sit back and watch the sky light up with amazing pinks, and purples. It was gorgeous.
The hike took about 4 hours. Including a little dinner break and some photo op’s. We hiked back down in the dark which is not my favorite, but it’s the price you pay for sunset hikes! It’s definitely worth it.
On Sunday evening we again met at the Petro for 5pm. This time we headed for Nihahi Ridge out towards Elbow Falls, Kananaskis. We got to the trail head for 5:45pm and headed on up. This is also a easy trail (but don’t take my word for it, my easy is a lot different then yours haha) We made our way up the ridge. And made it in time for golden hour. Which is always amazing up high, with a valley below.
The hike took us about 4 hours, our plan was 3. But, we sat there for quite a bit and took some pictures and ate our dinner.
Michelle and I, along with my adventure pups headed out to Nakusp, BC for a weekend of relaxation and girl time, from July 22-24 . I had a half day at work Friday, so as soon as I got off we headed straight for the Shelter Bay Ferry terminal. We had no time to stop on the way out, as we were on a time crunch to make it to the Ferry on time (which we did, yay!). Our original plan was to get to Box Lake and find a camp spot for the weekend. We did not know that there was some sort of festival going on that weekend in Nakusp, so EVERY dang camp spot and hotel was booked. I kid you not. It was terrible, we tried setting a tent up in a random spot, in the middle of the night in the rain, and basically said “fuck it” and packed up and headed to town to try and find something, ANYTHING. With some luck, we managed to find a nice room at the K2 Rotor Lodge. Reasonably priced, and they accepted dogs. Bullet dodged there! We decided to stay here for the weekend, we didn’t want to spend the whole time searching for a unsearchable camp spot.
Since we had a ton of camping food, and wood. We decided to head to Mcdonald Creek Provincial Park, located South of Nakusp along the Arrow Lakes. We threw sticks for the dogs in the lake, built a fire, cooked us a mean meal and had a couple drinks. No one was around, which was weird. Everywhere else was ridiculously busy haha. It was nice and relaxing. We packed up shortly after.
We packed our things up shortly after eating some grub and headed back to the hotel room to drop the pups off. Tired, Wet and Sand full in fur. We were off to relax in one of the local natural hot springs with a couple more bevvies in our bellies.
Saturday being our last night here in Nakusp. We decided to head out to Sandy Beach. To take some photos of the night sky. We had to beat the Full Moon before it peaked over the Kootenay Mountains!
Sunday was our last adventure day. We had planned to hit up another local hot spring, but it was already almost 30 degrees outside we weren’t to keen on sitting in a hot spring on a hot day. We will be back to lounge in it another weekend.. Our first stop on the way back was Sutherland Falls located in Blanket Creek Provincial park just outside of Revelstoke, BC. We tired to hit up every little stop off that we haven’t yet been too on the way back, we were in no rush to get home. We stopped off at the Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk, Hemlock Grove Boardwalk, Bear Creek Falls (which is now officially closed due to unstable conditions), and Moraine Lake.
On Friday August 12th, Michelle and I had the pleasure of witnessing the Perseid Meteor Shower (which happens every August, but it’s not every year you get a clear sky. Last year I went out the sky was completely covered in cloud). We grabbed our camera gear and headed out into the dark of night at around 10:30pm. I knew we would need total and complete darkness, so we headed straight for Waiparous, Alberta. Close enough to the City that we didn’t have to drive to far. Maybe an hour at most! We saw a ton of people along the way parked and pulled over on the sides of the road, looking up. Hoping to catch a glimpse of what’s supposed to be one of the best Meteor Showers in recent years. Lucky us, we had an entire place to ourselves. Which, can be super creepy, but really nice to be able to sit there in silence and watch them go by.
We had to sit and wait for the Big Ol’ Full Moon to go down, which took a bit. You couldn’t see many stars, or the Milky Way for that matter at that time. So we spent time trying to get the right settings on our Camera’s for when it did go down. When we were finally in complete and total darkness, the Milky Way rose above our heads, the Stars started shining brightly. The Meteor shower was now more viable then ever. We managed to stay out till about 4am. It was a very, very hard drive back home might I add!
South Molar Pass is located along the Ice Field’s Parkway, just outside of Lake Louise. You can continue past this point, but we did not. It took us about 8 hour’s and was 22KM round trip. My legs were Jello by the end of it! The weather man didn’t give us high hopes for great weather. The fog was thick going through Banff. Surprisingly, it was HOT, and I mean REALLY HOT out. Which is fine with me. Shae, Mandy, John and his fur babe Jasper and I headed on up to the pass. The views aren’t so much till you are closer to the pass. There was also a lot of horse poop and mud, lots and lots of it – yuck..
I’ve never been to Ireland, but i expect this is what is sort of looks like at the Cliffs of Moher. It was a different type of Scenery, which is nice for a change. We didn’t see anyone else on the trail, only at the first camp ground so it was nice to have the place to ourselves.
August long weekend, Joel and I along with our friend’s Brad and Megg decided to head out West for some camping in the Kootenay’s. We had 5 rowdy pups – Roxy, Blue, Bear, Easy and Eva. They played non stop. We had a private lake front campsites, which was amazing. I couldn’t believe that no one else was camping around us. They boys went fishing a ton. Megg and I hung out in the lake and played with the dogs. I ended up getting pretty sunburnt because we didn’t have much shade and it was blazing hot out. But, its turned into a very nice even tan haha. The weekend was great, I couldn’t have asked for better company to be with. Star gazing, laughing, drinking! The sunsets were endlessly pink, the water warm, the night sky FULL of stars.