Joining us were an incredible group of women – Erin Ferguson, Janis Smith, Kate Watson, March Hutchinson and Fiona McLean – who hiked the peaks, went swimming in glacial lakes, did yoga in cold and windy conditions, and kept the spirit of adventure alive.
As with last year, we flew by helicopter into the Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, where we stayed in a log cabin for a couple of nights. Though there wasn’t any snow this year, the fall colours were slowly creeping in amongst the larches, while vibrant green foliage made for an enchanting sight.
We spent our days up before dawn, hiking to Nub Peak for a spectacular view of Cerulean and Sunburst Lakes. In the evenings, we explored the bogs, in search of reflections and identifying animal paw prints in the mud.
Thankfully, it wasn’t as cold as last year and it didn’t pour with rain until our final day when we were waiting for the helicopter to fly out. The flight was quite bumpy due to the wind but we made it back in one piece and headed straight to Communitea for a hearty and healthy lunch, before bidding one another goodbye… for the next year, at least!
After that, Kathleen and I spent a few days around Banff, Lake Louise and Mosquito Creek, doing our best to follow the light. Unfortunately, we were met by several days of rain and cloudy conditions, though we made the most of it and met some very friendly souls along the way. I even saw a bear hiding out in the forest!
We ended up with some great shots, which I can’t wait to share with you all. It may take me a while to get around to processing them though, so I hope you’ll bear with me! : )
I’m looking forward to our next adventure in Assiniboine in 2020!