Saturday, August 18, 2012

Hopelessly Devoted !

I am hopeless!  Hooopppeellessssllyyy devoted!  Sorry to say not to you but to the mountains!  I had all intentions of staying in the city this weekend because it has been ages since I spent a whole weekend at home.  My big plans were; sleep in, leisurely coffee and breakfast, some sofa time, put my feet up, a nap every now and then!  All that went by the way side when I woke yesterday morning at 4:30am in a state of panic realizing I didn't have a mountain adventure to look forward to.  I quickly got on my computer and arranged to take part in a hike to Rockbound Lake.  Once I arranged that, I felt relief and a load had been lifted off my shoulders. 

Now if you are devoted to me, as one of my blog followers, then you will remember that I was at this trail head December 3rd, 2011 but under different circumstances, we snowshoed to Tower Lake.  This was on my list of places to return to during the summer to see what was hidden beneath all that snow.
The first few kilometers were boring so I passed on taking photos but once the view opened up I transformed into a shutter bug.  Eisenhower Peak and Castle Mountain were prominent and dominant.   Thank you Mother Nature for tossing a few whispy clouds into the sky, you do know how I like those don't you.
This was the view of Castle Mountain and Tower Lake on December 3rd, 2011.
This was the view today!
Green & Gold!  What a winning combination!
After a little visit at Tower Lake, we then completed the last kilometer over a rough, rocky, rooty steep ascent to Rockbound Lake.  This was the perfect place to be on such a hot day and worthy of the lengthy, leisurely,  lunch break that we enjoyed. 
I took some quiet time and watched those whispy clouds dance across the sky.
When it was time to go, I lingered a little longer, not feeling quite ready to leave but we needed to get on with the day.  We crossed the meadow and I looked back for one more lasting impression to take home.  I could not say a thing but only let out a sigh at this scene!
Being early afternoon with the heat on high, I was thankful the last long section was in trees that afforded us protection from the sun.  I enjoyed making new friends today that I hope to get to hike with again.  Most importantly, I am glad that I came to my senses yesterday at 4:30am, as I could not have asked for a  more perfect day to visit Rockbound Lake.



2 comments:

  1. Just love those wispy clouds! Another magical day you have shared.

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  2. I love the reward at the end for the hike to Rockbound Lake! Looks like you had such a beautiful day.

    I'm looking for a hike to do this weekend...was thinking about trying the hike to Lady McDonald, but perhaps without the scramble near the top. Do you have any suggestions for a 4-5 hour hike around Canmore or Kananaskis? Something moderate?

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