Ahhhh, the great outdoors!
The one thing I’ve grown to love over the years while living in Alberta are the beautiful views and access to the Canadian rockies. Whether it’s in the summer or winter, you can always count on the views to be spectacular. Henry and I have just recently started taking up hiking within the last couple of years. We did our first intermediate hike this summer (I know, we’re late bloomers!). It was an interesting one, to say the least. We uncovered Henry’s major (and my minor) fear of heights, and got a great workout in. Oh, and the expected 4 hour hike turned into 6… but let’s not get into the details. 😀 Just remember, be weary of “shortcuts” !!!!
We headed off with our friend Winston, who picked out this hike and was definitely more of a veteran than us—but I have to say, without him we probably would’ve given up 3/4 of the way up!
See snapshots below from our Barrier Lake Trail & Prairie View Mountain hike, located just outside of Kananaskis, AB.
We kept walking… and walking… and walking… and finally reached a great view of Barrier Lake almost in its entirety. (The feature image of this post gives you a full on glimpse of this view) The marks on Henry’s shirt gives you a good indication of how sweaty we were…
OK, the view looks a bit underwhelming from these pictures, but trust me, we were ecstatic to reach this after hiking for almost 2 hours.
Henry and I were about ready to give up at this point. But Winston was determined to reach the top. So another 30 minutes later, with some rather steep climbs and lots of blood, sweat, and tears (okay, just sweat)…
Just a word of caution: we were slipping & sliding a bit on our way down. Hiking boots aren’t absolutely necessary, but they would definitely help.
Now to invest in a pair of hiking boots! 🙂