It's seven years later now and Happy Hiker and I orchestrated a do again day of a day we did back then! This time around we knew we would be in for a much, much warmer experience and we hoped for no animal encounters during this outing. We are much wiser now and would know what to do if we did have one. We arrived to this view from the parking lot near Middle Lake in Bow Valley Provincial Park. It was pretty right from the get-go.
Middle Lake was a sheer sheet of ice!
We meandered off and on trails finding sections that were snow-free.
It was time to carry on to Many Springs Lake.
Thankfully a parks truck had been here in days prior creating a packed track for us.
Many Springs Lake with open water.
At the edge of the Lake we could see the springs bubbling.
view from the bridge leading to the Bow River
We arrived at the Day Use area which is only accessible on foot at this time of year.
This is looking up towards the sky from underneath the edge of the ice.
I see things!
Here I see an angel soaring in front of the rock.
Her face is downward and her shoulder length hair is blowing behind her.
Do you see what I see?
ice chunk imitating a mountain peak
(if you can believe it, I have been told I do not have an imagination)
What an incredible view we had with the sun shining on the ice and the blue sky reflecting in it.
Once again I became one with the ice.
This is a close up view of one of the cracks in the ice.
You can see many cracks in the above photo.
We enjoyed dining in the warmth from the sunshine so lingered a little long savouring it.
We still had places to be and sights to see.
Next was a stop at the amphitheatre.
From here we made our way along the moraine and then back to the car. Time was on our side and we decided to check out the Flowing Water trail which was on the opposite side of the 1a. It was a very short drive there and we were back out hiking in a matter of a few minutes. As it turned out this portion of the trail was covered in deep snow with no obvious trail whatsoever. Instead of attacking that, we spiked through the camping area.
view of the Kananaskis River
which was a massive ice field
looking down at the Kananaskis River from the trail
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