Many times in past years I hiked around the Lake Louise area on Thanksgiving weekend and enjoyed wonderful experiences. With a perfect forecast for today I decided I would do the same this year and give The Plain of Six Glaciers a go. As I drove up the hill from Lake Louise Village, it was very quiet, no traffic and believe it or not, no one was guarding the road up to Moraine Lake and no barriers were in place. Just like old times! At 7:45am I was faced with a very large selection of spots to park in. Oh how my stars began to align for this Thanksgiving hike!
I attacked the switchbacks on the way to Larch Valley.
I was thankful to be sporting my spikes as it was ice and hard packed snow the entire way.
When I arrived at the beginning of The Valley I was ecstatic to see the larch trees still golden.
The lighting created an amazing scene!
even Temple was glowing
The hard-packed trail carried on and so did I.
I reached the wide open meadow and was surrounded by beauty.
I loved the fluffy puffy clouds that were scattered in the sky.
This is my destination spot in the center of Upper Larch Valley.
I perched myself on top of the rock and settled down for a lengthy visit.
It was warm and as you can see there was no wind.
I needed sunglasses and was wishing I had sunscreen with me (ooops).
tea time in the sun & snow
lots of the larches still had a full compliment of needles to display
I lingered up in this area, it was incredible!
the bridge over the snow-covered creek
a winter-wonderland in autumn on Thanksgiving Saturday
I have seen a few methane bubbles before in frozen lakes but never as many as I saw today. Moraine Lake was filled with them. It was a methane bubble dream! Once again I did not venture out to capture these. I sat on the edge and just placed my camera on the ice and snap snap snap.
I worked my way to the end and took a little time here. I did scoot out about two feet to get this photo with the Tower of Babel behind me. Down here the turquoise color was showing up.
I see your true colors shining through!
one arm over the famous Rock Pile and the other arm pointing to the base of Tower of Babel
This is where the canoes hibernate for the winter.
What a day to remember! I am so thankful for today's gift. It is time to say good-bye to Moraine Lake and Larch Valley until May/June of next year. The Moraine Lake road closes for the winter on October 15th. I look forward to Nov/Dec when Moraine Lake Road opens for X-C Skiing all the way up to the turn before Temple.
Giving Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving to you!