New Year’s Eve Tradition

Shae and I went to the Natural Bridge, in Yoho National Park for a New Year’s Eve Day spent in the mountains last year (2015). It was only fitting, seeing both our schedules worked together that we go there again. Same place, but a little different this time. We were able to go fully underneath the Natural Bridge and walk right up to it, it was amazing. We stopped at Emerald Lake, and Marble Canyon. Hiked around a bit and played in the snow as well. It was a day well spent for our last day of 2016. Here are some photos of the day :

Reflections at Emerald 

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 :

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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Girl’s Road Trip

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.

Camping at Koocanusa 

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.