Cupcakes, Larch, Friends & Mountains

Larch season is here, and so was Shae’s 22nd birthday! Shae and I had plans to spend the entire weekend hiking and hanging out in the Kootenay’s for the weekend. Which is probably the best way to spend a birthday weekend. Our first hike was to Twin Lakes in Banff National Park. It’s pretty much right at the BC border. When we arrived it was raining, and it rained and rained the entire hike. It let up a couple times, but we were drenched (its given me a excuse to buy a new fancy raincoat hehe). We made it to the Upper Twin Lake before we turned around, we had to meet our friend Megg back at Marble Canyon. The hike was about 12 KM round trip and took us about 4 hours. This area is booming with Larch.

That night we had planned to camp out at Marble Canyon Campground. But, of course with our luck, it closed down September 5th. So, instead we headed to Numa Falls parking lot. Megg showed up, we danced around a bit, made some dinner (pesto sausage, yum yum!) We decided not to set the tent up, because it was pouring by this time. So there was no point in getting drenched. We hunkered down in Megg’s SUV for the night. Which, was a little cozy and snug but we kept warm that’s all that matters!

The next morning we were all complaining of our old lady hips and how much they hurt being crammed in the back of a tight SUV haha. The next day, Sunday. We packed up one vehicle and headed to Radium for the day. Our destination hike was Welsh Lakes. You’ve gotta drive 36KM up this windy logging road which takes about an hour, and then from there hike. Before we hiked in, we decided to make some bacon and eggs (chef Shae burnt the eggs, yum! Just kidding). After some food we were off, it snowed and rained then got sunny, then it snowed and rained some more. It was on and off, but the storms made for some very awesome cloud cover.

After the hike, when we got back to the car. The sun decided to show up for a bit, even a rainbow in the valley! We grabbed some rocks to use as chairs and opened up our tray of Crave Cupcakes that I bought to celebrate a weekend well done! Clearly Shea was enjoying hers to the max. I, of course had the Red Velvet cupcake – its my fave. After we ate had a few laughs and changed our clothes into something warm. We headed back to Calgary – a long ass trek back might I add, especially when you are already tired from hiking all weekend haha. We didn’t get home as late as I thought, but that was nice to be able to unpack and get ready for bed without rushing.

All in all, even though the majority of the weekend was spent soaking wet. It was a blast, the scenery amazing, and the company even better.’

Happy Birthday Boo-Boo!

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Moab, Utah – Off Roading Trip

The best days are spent with the ones you love, doing what you love.

Joel, his Dad and I all share a huge passion for off-roading. We go almost every weekend and had decided to expand our playground to Moab, Utah.

Day One : The drive to Moab from Calgary is a good 16 hours. Give or take. We try and split up driving into two days, so we’re not over tired driving. We pitt stopped in Idaho Falls for a night. Then headed bright and early the next AM to Moab.The first day we got to Moab, we got to our house rental, which was amazingly beautiful. I love the design of houses out in the desert. They’re literally mansions. We unpacked, toured around the town, and bought some groceries. When we got back to the house we made some dinner and had a few drinks out on the Patio.

  After the sun had gone down. The stars decided to make an appearance. Since it was New Moon week, you could see everything! So, naturally I stayed up for hours and took some night photos. Got the Milky Way,  tons of stars and some meteors. I am slightly sad Milky Way nights are coming to an end, but we had a good go!

Day two : We made some breaky pulled out the map and decided our destination was Chicken Corners for the day. This trail follows along the Colorado River through Kane Springs Canyon and Hurrah Pass, eventually ending at a dead end near Dead Horse State Park, just on the other side of the river. We decided for an Easy to Moderate ride, to get used to the terrain. The area is incredibly scenic and jaw dropping. You get the ultimate views from the Mesa top’s. Here are some photos of the day

 Day Three : Our friend Curtis was supposed to tag along with us on this trip. Unfortunatly he had injured his knee the week prior and was not able to come. He had given us a list of places to ride at while we are here. One of those places was Gemini Bridges. Along with this trail we decided to trail off onto Metal Masher Trail up to Cliffs Edge. Both trails are a ton of fun, and very rewarding.

 Day Four : After spending the last two days riding we decided to take a break day and tour around Arches National Park. The Tourism Center stated that this park is busy, and I mean Bumper to Bumper busy. On a weekday, not so much which was nice, but when we were leaving Moab on the weekend, the line to get into the Park was out onto the highway. It was insane.. thankfully we went when it wasn’t busy I couldn’t imagine parking, or even not having Delicate Arch to ourselves! At the end of the road in ArchesNP there is Devils Garden, where you get to see so many Arches. Hikes ranging from Easy, Medium and Hard. Be smart and bring lots of water with you, 35 degree heat and hiking do not mix well…

After we spent the day in the hot desert sun, we went back to our humble abode made some dinner, watched the sunset and again. The stars were shining, so I obviously had to take some photos of the night sky. I couldn’t believe how vibrant the Milky Way  and Stars were while we were out there.

Day Five : Our destination for riding this day was Hell’s Revenge. Yup, it sounds as nasty as the name states. I was completely out of my comfort zone and rode some terrain i never thought i could. but, i did it. It was great, besides some slip ups. Not an easy trail by any means, and there are some super sketchy parts. But, it was an experience in itself. I don’t know if i would do it again, but once you get past a lot of the shitty parts, its smooth sailing. The place we had set out for was the Hot Tubs, for Dad. Where you go into a deep pit and try and get yourself out. We did the easiest one, as we had no one there to get us out if we got stuck. That was the “Car Wash” and that was still sketchy as shit.

Day Six : Our last full day of riding here in Moab. We decided to hit up Poison Spider Mesa Trail – as per Curtis’ list he gave us. This one is ultimately my favorite trail ride. Its technical, there’s a lot of clutch feather to climb small hills etc.. It was great! We had beer breaks on top of some Navajo Sandstone. It was a great ride to end an awesome week.

Once we got back to the house, we quickly got dressed and ready for a dinner and a boat ride down the Colodrado River to end the day. After we got home, again. I set out to take some night photos one last time. Joel even helped out a bit haha.

Day Seven : Today was spent cleaning the house, taking the garbage out, laundry, packing and heading back home to Calgary. We took again two days to drive back home, driving as far as possible. Stopping in Butte, Montana. It was an overall amazing trip, if you’re into off-roading. Head to Moab. It’s a bucket list place for sure. We are already planning on heading back next year. I think this is going to become a yearly adventure and I’m excited for it!