With this being one of my first views leading up to my four day stay in Waterton (Feb. 17-20), I knew I was going to be living the good life! I was there to play with hopes of going through my childhood yet once again just like I did at Disneyland many years ago and like I do every time I am out in the mountains!
Have you heard that song called "Good Life" by One Republic which is the tune played during that Magic Kingdom Disneyland commercial? Well, once again, I am putting my own twist to a T.V. commercial!
Shortly after arriving in Waterton and after checking out the view from the Prince of Wales Hotel and even before checking into the Glacier Suites, I went for a snowshoe trip to Crandell Lake and across it to the campground on the far side.
"when you're happy like a fool, let it take you over"
I didn't spend much time visiting up at the Prince of Wales Hotel. It is closed for the season and the wind was wild and I'm glad it was wild because it created this.
On Saturday, we started out together and made our way up to Bertha Falls. Who else falls? I couldn't help it, the snow was so soft and pillowy and inviting! We parted ways from here on in and went at our own pace. I picked it up and flew back to the trail head where I went for a few joy rides on my crazy carpet. I had lunch in a shelter at the campground and then strolled around it enjoying the scenery.
"got this feeling that you can't fight"
And to think last summer, I pitched my Hubba Hubba right in the middle of this campground!
It looked dark and dreary out my front window facing west on Sunday morning but I bundled up anyway and went out into the early morning down by the dock and patiently waited facing east. I now know that with photography you just have to be out there and once in a blue moon you will be in the right place at the right time. This is my favourite photo of the entire weekend!
"when everything is out you gotta take it in"
That sunrise made my day before my day even really got started. I headed up the Akamina Parkway, parked at the Little Prairie Picnic Site then cross country skied to Cameron Lake and out onto it. Two friends and I were the first ones there and made our mark in the virgin snow.
"the hope is we have so much to feel good about"
We made our way back to the picnic site where Parks Canada was serving coffee and hot chocolate inside the wood heated shelter in honour of Waterton Winterfest. I had my lunch inside the shelter. I exchanged my skis for my snowshoes and trekked along the Dipper Trail to the trail head at Rowe Lake and then made my way back. The trail followed the creek which was frozen. It looked and sounded lovely.
"this has gotta be the good life"
The creek looked like it was full of marsh mellows!
This morning I went back down to the dock in hopes of experiencing another gorgeous sunrise but it wasn't meant to be today. Instead we were blessed with a morning of no wind. How often does that happen in Waterton!
"tell me what there is to complain about when it's a good life"
"Oh a good good life yeah"