When my thoughts of retirement became serious I invested time imagining what kind of lifestyle I wanted to retire to. One of the images at the forefront of my thoughts was spending weekdays in our mountain playground. I did my homework and found clubs that were exactly what I hoped I could become a good fit with. I saved their sites and onto the back burner they went until the time was right. Well, the time is right, right now! I contacted one of the clubs and was welcomed to come along as a guest for the day.
I signed up to join the group that was heading up to Cox Hill. Having been up on this Hill a number of times, I knew what I was in for and thought that a safe bet for my first time playing with these senior citizens. One of the appealing points of this club is we go by bus from Calgary.
I arrived at the location to catch the bus, followed what others were doing, introduced myself, picked a seat, we were on our way. The forecast called for beautiful, another day of sunshine, blue sky, no wind with not a single cloud in the forecast diagram.
Deja Vu with the long shadow!
not a cloud in the sky, with a blanket of white
We reached the steep slope which was snow covered.
The switchback was icy & dicey!
Then it was time to kick step it, straight up.
along Cox Hill
lots of hard packed snow
I reached our lunch spot.
our lunch time view
I can descend much quicker so took off after lunch with the quick crew. We reached the bottom of the open hill and waited in the warmth of the sunshine for the others as we would now be heading in a new direction for me. After crossing a few of the hills we aimed for what is called the Sunken Valleys.
hiking through the Sunken Valleys
the Sunken Valleys portion of the trail