When it's time to just take time, life should not be so busy unless that is, it is the fun kind of busy. Like I stated in yesterday's blog post, it had been almost a month since I was on my X-C Skis skiing the big tracks further west. So here I am back at Lake Louise where the weather & track conditions could not be more favourable. It was a big day which means a big blog post, now it's your turn to take a little time and follow along.
I woke without a track selection in mind. After checking reviews and reports, I decided to start the day skiing the Fairview/Moraine/Tramline Loop. This is what it looked like as I stepped into the track. It was quite chilly but not overly cold. There was no wind, not a sound, nor even another folk.
view through the opening of one sculpture
gigantic snowballs guide the way
Along the Fairview Trail there are a few open meadows that offer up mountainous views. I tested the snow depths off trail and gingerly worked my way in to obtain a location shot.
I have come to enjoy being on the Fairview Trail, it has a little bit of everything I desire in X-C Skiing right now. It is another world when you empty out onto the Moraine Lake Road. I use that track as a means to get to another track. Moraine Lake Road was busy. Snowshoers, FatTireBikers and X-C Skiers all worked together.
The trip down Moraine Lake Road was quick. At the intersection, I veered left and made my way up The Upper Tramline to complete a loop. The Tramline was the prettiest of the three times I have been on it.
The location of the sculptures seem to be in ideal places and at perfect angles to optimize photo opportunities. Or is it just me seeing them that way.
a life size Inukshuk
rowing to the summit of Fairview
Then you have Mother Nature's ice sculpture.
Now it was time to get on with my afternoon down in The Village. The Bow River Loop is a given for ease of energy and bundles of beauty. Since mid December, I have been X-C Skiing with my new bright orange Osprey Talon 18. It's a keeper, I knew that from day one.
Lots of new snow from the weekend, made this track and scenery a delight. Off the track through the trees are signs along the summer hiking trail. I preferred to pass on seeing what the sign said, rather leaving it looking like this for others to enjoy.
crossing to the other side
I believe this is campsite #165. You can see the sign in the middle just left of the snow covered picnic table.
along the way
Like I said, this loop is a given for pretty as a picture scenery. I must admit, this is the prettiest I have ever seen this part of the Bow River that runs through the Village and the Campground. I opted to stick to the River Loop instead of heading into sections of the Campground Loop for obvious reasons.
Nearing the end and just before crossing the last bridge, one last view caught my eye so I captured it. A few flurries were beginning to fall and I could see dark clouds off in the other direction. While this is a lovely sight, so are the dark clouds because they mean one thing, more snow!
At my home away from home, I settled in with a glass of wine and a view.