Alberta

Grassi Lakes, Canmore, Alberta

As with my last post, about Grotto Canyon, Grassi Lakes is a hike that I love to do at least once per summer. As I mentioned in a lot of my posts I love waterfalls and Grassi lakes has a wonderful waterfall and other bodies of water to photograph.

IMG_3135Grassi Lakes is a hike I love because you can take one trail to the lake and another one back to the parking lot. I get bored of seeing the same things over and over, so it’s nice to change it up.

My mom and I prefer to take the harder trail to the lake (this is where you get a great view of the waterfall) and the easier trail to go back to the car. This hike took us a few hours total, mostly because I stop a LOT to take photos thus slowing us down…hahaha. IMG_3104

The reason I love this hike is because the water looks so magical and there are endless opportunities for photos. I can’t wait to go back this summer with my new lens. I took these photos in 2015 so my camera skills were not as great as they are now, but I still like them!

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The Colonel’s Cabin (WWII Internment Camp) & Johnson’s Lake

One of my first adventures, since finishing school, was on Saturday, April 22, 2017. My mom and I went to The Colonel’s Cabin in Kananaskis and then out to Johnson Lake for a small hike.

Colonel’s Cabin (“History Loop”):

Our first part was a quick little walk through the ‘History Loop’. It is very short, but fascinating. The whole trail is only 0.3km in total, but on their sign they do recommend spending at least a half an hour that way you have time to read all of the signs. I believe, normally, in the summer there are brochures available to guide you through the site as there are numbered posts throughout, but the place where you would get one from was empty. We are quite early in the spring, so hopefully they will restock them!

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Jasper in a Day! {July 26, 2016}

(For more Jasper pictures click here)

Last summer we did not go on a long holiday, as we normally due, to prior obligations. Instead we had more of a ‘stay-cation’ and went on different day trips throughout the week.

One of our day trips was to go out to Jasper as I had not been since I was a small girl. Since we live in Calgary this trip involved detailed planning and of course waking up at 5 am (those who know me know I HATE getting up early, but it was necessary in order to go).

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Ram Falls — My Saturday Adventure

Now that school is coming to a close and I was able to get most of my homework done last week, so I was able to take a break this Saturday. My mom and I went for a drive out in the country and visited Ram Falls. It was nice just to get out. I had a lot of fun and even saw wild horses for the first time!

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Bankhead, Alberta — Banff National Park

Since I am still not quite done school for the semester I have yet to go on any recent adventures. Therefore, I thought I would write about another hike from last summer.

A bit of history…

Bankhead, Alberta is now an old abandoned coal mining town. According to some of my research the town was around from 1902-1923 and other sources cite it as being 1904-1922, but nonetheless it was not around for long. The town was located about “two kilometres north of Cascade Valley” (Ghosttowns.com,n.d.). The purpose of the town, according to a posting on the ghosttowns.com website posting on Bankhead, was “supplying coal for the locomotives of the Canadian Pacific Railway” and at one point the population was, “1,500 including 300 underground coal mine workers (Ghosttowns.com,n.d.). (more…)

My Love of Waterfalls…

Just thought I’d do a quick post for those of you ‘following’ my blog.

First of all, thanks for following my blog! Once school is out for the semester (April 21st is my last exam….hooray!) I will try to post more about past adventures and new ones I hope to take this summer! I am open to any recommendations you may have for exploring within the southern Alberta area 🙂

I recently added another section in my photography portion of my set call “Chasing Waterfalls” (you can find it here). One of my favourite things to look at in nature is Waterfalls. I love how each is unique in its own way. I could just stare at them all day. I hope to find more waterfalls this summer and I will try to post other waterfalls I have been to, as I get more time. I just thought I would keep everyone in the loop.

“A strong man and a waterfall always channel their own path” -Author Unknown

 

Banff and Lake Louise, Alberta

As most students would agree, during school you have little to no time to get out and explore. Weekends are normally filled with assignments, readings, studying, etc. Even though this may be the case, over the past four years I have learned that it is important, even necessary, to get away from the work and the stress of life.

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