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A day of hiking

Philip and I had a most enjoyable day yesterday as we grabbed our hiking shoes and back packs and headed out to Kootney National Park.  The weather was good and we had both our cameras along to try and grab some good photos – and yes we did!

No Phil your phone doesn’t work here

As the water descends towards the canyon

See the evidence of the forest fire

Phil getting a photo too

This was just the beginning of the day though….we were soon off to visit the paint pots – a natural phenomenon which the aboriginal people used to create paints and dyes.

Iron oxide in the springs up the hill bring this area a very red appearance

Heading up to the springs

Even the soil is red

One of the springs

the cold water also creates green

The second of three springs within a rock

My travel companion

We did drive down to Radium for supper and then as we were leaving we spotted within a short distance 3 black bears – the last was sprinting across the highway so no pictures but here’s the other two just grazing by the road.

Black bear #1 

Black Bear #2

It was a great day and I really enjoyed being with Phil out in the great outdoors!  Alberta and BC are beautiful provinces.


Mountain hike

Philip had us out on the trail this morning.  The original intent to go snowshoeing in Lake Louise didn’t come to fruition but we did head to Kananaskis country and headed to Heart Creek – a gorgeous canyon with a small mountain stream running through it.

I could have taken a million photos.  The grey cold rock rising above us – snow capped mountains just over the  ridge, the sound of rushing water, the aroma a thousands of spruce, pine and juniper filling the air, the white, white snow reflecting the brilliant sunshine all to be captured – if only one could really capture even just a bit of our surroundings.

There will be a video of today but that will take a while to get together!

 So now we’re a bit weary – back at Phil and Amanda’s place – looking forward to tonight’s celebration – a week early birthday celebration for the very young and lovely Amanda Jean!