Hiking up Sulphur Mountain may have taken the worst blisters to my feet, but I can never let a little thing prevent me from seeing nature’s beauty! 🌤Now in the market for new hiking boots what’s your recs?
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Days 7 & 8 (07/20 - 07/21): Friday morning began with an hour drive back to the Columbia Icefields for the Glacier Skywalk, a giant glass floored observation deck that hangs 200 feet over a canyon below. Unfortunately the skywalk was delayed due to weather which ended up taking up most of our day.
From the skywalk you could see several of the glaciers near Athabasca including Snow Dome, Double A, North Face, and the Andromeda Glacier. 250 feet blow us the Athabasca river flowed in a creamy tan color due to the sediment picked up during the storm. After spending several days in the lower 90’s, the cooler temps and moisture were a welcomed sight.
We took our time heading back to camp stopping several times at places that caught our eyes. The weather was moody as clouds hung around the peaks and occasionally brought heavy rain between scattered showers. This created very dramatic landscape views everywhere we looked.
Still recovering from Banff and a little shy because of the rain, we decided to head into the town of Jasper. Despite being so far north, Jasper is a bustling little town with almost any amenity one might need. Craving a meal that wasn’t dehydrated, we stopped at a local pizza restaurant and ordered personal pizzas and a couple sides. It was a massacre to say the least.
Our second day in Jasper began with the same weather. Low hanging clouds hid the peaks and a steady stream of rain dumped on our tents. We set off to Maligne Lake to explore the area.
Maligne Lake is the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies at over 22 KMs long. We were ill prepared to explore the entire shoreline, but we made our way to an incredible viewpoint several kilometers from the trailhead. Despite the clouds, you could see several of the peaks that overlook this lake.
On the drive back we made a stop at the famous Athabasca Falls. The river was flowing at an angry rate which added to the intensity of this spot. While we did not get the crystal clear waters you often see in pictures, we still got to witness the power and beauty. Oh and of course sneak in the cliche shot on the overhanging rock.
My heart is crazy full right now ❤️ Finally ticked Sunshine to Mt Shark off my trail running bucket list. There’s something about traveling light and fast in the mountains whilst chasing the distance! Im totally addicted & cant wait for more running days spent like this ⛰🏃🏼♀️
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Story Time: As we descended from the parking lot the breathtaking beauty that surrounded overcame us and we just stood in silence for a moment, taking in the vastness of the surrounding landscape. We had just come off of 2 excruciating days in Calgary wandering around like lost pigs eating our way through town, when we FINALLY got into Banff. We saw the visitors center and part of town before we headed out to the lake for the “pre-sunset.” All the stress had cleared, and we had finally made our way back to the mountains where we belong. Neither one of us have ever experienced anything quite like this feeling... getting lost in the beauty and magnitude of what lay before us. Times like this are necessary. We constantly need to be realigned with God and His creation. We are incapable of understanding His magnitude without experiences like these. .