A weekend with warm weather…finally!

This weekend was spent in the mountains (much needed might I add). I haven’t been able to get out as much as I usually do. Mainly because of Christmas Holidays, and the fact that I have been sick for the last couple months. Not like, dying Ill. But, the first Trimester of a Pregnancy is absolutely the worst, you feel nothing but non-stop sickness, tiredness, soreness everything you can imagine haha. Thankfully all those shitty symptoms have subsided and I finally feel like myself again – woo for second Trimester! (maybe a little more tired then normal). The weather has finally taken a turn for the better, I was getting pretty sick and tired of the -30 bullshit and not being able to take the dogs out for a 5 min walk! This weekend was about -5, which considering what we have been dealing with for the last few weeks is great. I wanted to get out and enjoy it, because we all know that it wont last.

On Saturday Joel, Easy, Eva and I headed to Bragg Creek to hike Fullerton Loop. This is an easy and very beautiful hike. It takes us about 30-45 mins from our door step to get to the trail head which is nice. The hike is about 2 hours long and there is a view point near the end of the hike which is really nice to lookout over the Kananaskis Valley. While we were driving out we even got to see a Moose, which i thought was pretty neat! It’s not very often Joel comes hiking with the pups and I. So I definitely cherished this one a little more. We didn’t even need jackets, the sun was shining, it was such a great day with my family. Here are some photos of that hike :

On Sunday, Eva, Nicole, Ernie his Daughter and I grabbed some snowshoes from Sports Rent (don’t ever rent them from there, they are shitty shoes – I recommend MEC) and convoyed out to the very south end of Smith Dorrein Trail road. Our destination was the Trail Head for Black Prince Cirque to hike to Warspite Lake. When we arrived, it was colder then I had anticipated, and Eva wasn’t having any of it. So, on go the booties and jacket and she was ready to rock the trial. This is a easy trail, takes about 3 hours round trip. Incredibly beautiful in the winter time and full of x country skiers and snowshoers. At the lake front it was incredibly chilly out. My hair was white and frozen, along with my face haha, but was soooooo pretty. Snow covered trees are my absolute favorite. Here are some photos of that trip :

Now, to get through this work week. So, I can head back West with an old friend for some hiking!


Mornings in the Rockies

      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! :

Pink sky at night, is a Sailor’s delight. 

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.