Today's plan was to drive west to Emerald Lake to X-C Ski along the Lake and around the Alluvial Fan then to hike around The Lodge area to capture some scenery shots. Ahhh, that will have to wait for another get-away. When I woke this morning I checked the temperature and what to my wondering eyes should appear but a shockingly sight! I monitored the temperature over the next hour or so and it dropped to -31C with a windchill of -36C. It would be another day of sticking close by my home away from home. Being on my own, I am nervous to venture away when things are not favourable. I knew for sure that this cold would paint pretty pictures so I put a plan in place.
My car was not plugged in overnight because the forecast was not for it to be so frigid. I said a little prayer just before turning the key and vroooom vroooom it started. When it was go time I went, up to Lake Louise. It was so beautiful. The castle was complete, there were only a few of us around, reflections reflected and the snow glistened. I walked to the far end of the Lake of which doing this I can never get enough.
I went as far as was safe to do so and that was to the sign warning of entering avalanche terrain. I watched the ice climbers work their way up the slope to the ice, a few children make snow angels, and the began the hike back. I admired the scenery around The Chateau.
I arrived back at my car as it approached noon and once again said a little prayer that it would start and start it did. Back at my suite, I warmed up with a hot lunch then savoured some chocolate to get a little energy before heading back out.
The thought of missing out on being at Emerald Lake was no longer a thought. Watching the sweet view develop out my glass doors excited me for an afternoon around The Village and along The Bow River.