It’s been cold here in YYC. Like unbelievably cold. Christmas/Boxing Day week it’s been decently warm, so Joel and I have been trying to get the dogs out as much as possible. Considering come next week it’s supposed to plummet back down to -30 with the wind chill, which is no Bueno for me and the dogs! We have some natural areas close to our house that we get to enjoy. We try to run the dogs so their little toes don’t get so cold so fast. They wrecked their booties climbing up Table Mountain a little while back, and we haven’t bought them new ones (city baby’s haha). Here are some photos :
Weaselhead Natural Area : This park is one of my favorites. I found it a couple years ago when I was looking for parks in and around Calgary that didn’t require me to drive to far. It’s located South Calgary, just off of Crowchild and borders the west end of the Glenmore Reservoir. Easy to access and offers a wide variety of walking/hiking/biking trails. Because it is so close to the City outskirts, bears tend to roam around here once in awhile, along with other wildlife. Since it has been atleast -30 with the wind chill for the last week, it’s been kind of hard getting outside. But, Nicole and I bundled up with our snow gear and headed out for a couple hours to enjoy some fresh air. The sun was going down, and it was going down quick. It was a BEAUTIFUL sunset. Here are some photos I got :
How come, when the best nights to watch the Aurora dance above you. Are always on weekdays? Staying out till 1-2am on a week night is brutal and exhausting. But, its SO worth the tired eyes the next day. This night was no different, I did my research and I knew the Aurora was going to be out full force. You could physically SEE the red’s and green’s with your eyes in the sky. I was in total amazement and awe! Every time Michelle, Alyssa and I would be driving down the road to go home, another blast would happen in the sky. We would quickly stop the car hop out and enjoy every moment of it. I’d say it was as good as the Mother’s Day special (and that day was AH-MAZING!)
Here are some shots that I got that night :
Getting up at 4am is not easy. Especially for me, someone whose not out of bed before 8am everyday. BUT, when it includes my best friends and mountains you better believe I get up no problem. Megg and I met up with Shae and Maddy at the Petro for 5:20. Because I’m never on time haha – the plan was 5am (whoops!) We headed for Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park. One of the most beautiful places ever! Its about 2-2.5 hours from Calgary. Give or take. Once we got there, we quickly realized two things A) we should up way to early B) there would be no sunrise. But hey! That’s okay. We chatted for a good hour in the car, and when it got lighter out we decided to bundle up and head out. It was freezing. My little toes were cold! Once it was bright enough to take some photos we were greeted with low and very thick clouds. Good mood feels. Maddy knew of a stowed away canoe hiding in the trees. So we did a short trek to it and put it in the glass like water and toured around a bit in it taking in the scenery. Before we headed back to the car we had some hot Chamomile tea and some chats. On the way back home we stopped at the Natural Bridge – which surprisingly isn’t even frozen yet – for some nice photo ops of the Emerald blue water against the fresh dusting of snow.
Here are some shots I got :
This Saturday, I woke up at 5am (shocker!!). Made some breaky, got dressed took my daily vitamins (those are important!) and headed out the door around 6:15am to pick Nic up.
We were headed West to catch the sunrise. Now, this is an awesome location. The water is SO calm and it reflects the 3 sisters in Canmore, AB amazingly. Lots of people know of this place, lots of people don’t. Id rather let you do your research to find it ;). The sky had it up. Pinks, Oranges, and hints of Purple. After we watched the clouds blow up with color, it was off to my fave place. Rocky Mountain Begal Co. of course. I obvi had to get the B.C.L.T for another morning breakfast (hehe) Here are some shots I got! :
It was my girl, Nicole’s Birthday this past weekend. So naturally, the best thing to do is to be outside. The hike was up Wasootch Ridge. I’ve done this hike, many, many times. Its steep the entire way up. But, its short and sweet. The views are amazing and you can go as far down the ridge as you would like. Before we headed home, because we were up and down in a matter of hours, we decided to take a stroll along Mt.Lorette Ponds.
Here are some photos :
Driving this parkway, is my all time fave. There’s endless things to see and do. I love doing it, and probably do it twice a year. I wanted to get to it one last time this year before the snow flew (because you know, its going to snow eventually here!) Nic, was up for the adventure. We had contemplated going to the Athabasca Glacier, but from what I’ve heard the Ice Cave is no longer – Thankfully I experienced its greatness the last couple years! So we decided Waterfowl Lakes was the furthest we would go. Our first stop was the classic and ever so calm Herbert Lake, We then hiked up to Peyto, doing the scenic route and not hiking up a paved path. We even continued further then the look out point to an even better one, that I had never even been to before. Bow lake and Waterfowl Lakes were last.
Here are some photos of our trip :