You know what those numbers mean!
Yes, I drove the loop!
With a bleak hiking forecast for my official event yesterday southwest of the city, I declared it cancelled by high noon on Friday. I put my rescue expertise to the test on Saturday and accomplished so many things I had been saving for a rainy day. Part of the rescue plan also included coming up with a plan to be "out & about" today in the continuing bleak weather. I needed to acknowledge today, to have something to show for it, to be appreciative and thankful because, well just because.
I left home early and got caught up in the flow of traffic heading west. This weather didn't stop loads of folks. My first stop was for breakfast at Barrier. This time I admired the place from inside my car. It was calm enough to afford a perfect reflection.
It was much warmer out at the Kananaskis Lakes.
I played a little while on the lake-side.
You can see pieces of mountain above the cloud.
entertained me for a few minutes
The road down to the Peninsula was closed to vehicles so I parked and went for a stroll.
view of North Kent Outlier (I think) from the Sawmill Parking Lot
reflection in Mud Lake
There was not much activity along the Smith Dorrien, only the odd car parked in a couple of different places. It's that between season time of year. If the weather continues as it has been, the hiking season up here will be opening sooner rather than later. I do know the Chester Lake closer goes into effect this coming Sunday May 1st for two months.
Further along there are many places to access Spray Lake.
The water level was low and the ground was dry.
I worked my way out a bit to where pretty scenery was offered up.
As I got closer to the Goat Creek Lot, I could see nothing. I drove into low thick cloud. I saw the Lot only as I was almost on top of it. Knowing what that road was like up ahead, I opted to sit it out in the parking lot with hopes the cloud would clear. It did and when I could see the tree line in front of me across the road, I hit the road and aimed for Canmore.
While I did not hike this weekend, this day trip fulfilled my mountain fix. It has been some time since I enjoyed a photography outting. Note to self: do this more often! This was a good opportuntiy to scout out the conditions in this playground. I look forward to returning to this neck of the woods & mountains but with a backpack on my back and boots on my feet.