With a fabulous Friday forecast on the forefront I was up early and out the door to feel fulfilment from a forest hike. I have been enjoying checking out, new to me, trails in the Elbow Valley area. Today was the day to explore the Sugar Momma (or is it Sugar Mama) and Bobcat trails. It was an easy quiet drive to the parking lot across from Allen Bill where there was only one other vehicle. It was bitterly cold with a windchill so I quickly geared up in my heaviest of layers and took off spiking along.
I veered off towards the Snagmore Trail and shortly thereafter hit the intersection for Sugar Momma.
Or is it Sugar Mama!
so green and so alive
You know that commercial that goes something like
"why not instead of looking something up, what if we just looked up"
well I did, I just looked up!
I carried on and came to the intersection for Bobcat. These trails are multi-use and I imagine the tools hanging from the trees would be for the mountain bikers. There were no bikers here this morning, nor other hikers. I followed Bobcat for a bit uphill as I knew there were more trails up that way but then decided to save that for another day.
a hand saw
I did an about face and carried on with my original plan.
Off to the side in the forest was one tree, yes just one tree, that was covered in ice crystals.
I broke trail in the crusted snow to get up close.
I got closer....
...and even closer.
how beautiful and delicate is Mother Nature's design
nearing the end of Bobcat the views open up
snow capped peaks peeking out
the route I took today