I'm so happy today is finally here! It's play time and today is only the beginning. Most folks' winter escape is to the warm sunny south, mine is to the cold west. As I was counting sleeps until this day, I also watched the forecasted temperatures dive down, way down, really way down! Being somewhat experienced, plus having proper gear, I had full intentions of still escaping knowing I could still be out & about, although not for extended times.
My first stop was Johnson Lake in Banff National Park. At a distance of roughly 3 kilometers around the Lake, this would be a good test of the frigidness. With the Lake being frozen, I opted to hike around right on the Lake instead of in the trees. At the far end, I went for my "happy to be here" shot in front of Cascade Mountain.
A short distance down the road is Lake Minniwanka. I read there is potential to safely skirt the shore for quite a distance offering up opportunities for scenic ice formations. I spent a good two hours hiking here, the whole time in the warmth of the sun.
Here is an everything photo, blue sky, puffy cloud, mountain, lake, ice formation and rock.
How on earth did that ice get up on that rock!
a view inside
It was time to go about the checking in business and then settling in by the fire with a glass of wine, crackers & cheese, and maps to map out tomorrow's place to play.