Vacation! Spent yesterday hiking the Plains of Six Glaciers trail at Lake Louise, Alberta. Molly and I are taking our youngest son, Erik, on a hiking trip in the Canadian Rockies for his college graduation trip. This particular hike was a 14 kilometer round trip from our cabin, but gains 2300 feet in elevation just to keep things interesting! At the top of the hike is a mountain chalet which is run as a tea house. The staff lives there all Summer, and their supplies come in by one large helicopter drop and then pack horse the rest of the Summer. The trail had only opened seven days ago ... as Winter takes a long time to give way to Spring at this elevation. One half of our hike was across snow fields even in mid June.
Our hike was fantastic, and eventful. We saw lots of wildlife ... grizzly bears, mountain goats, Clark's Nutcrackers and much more ... and oh yes, on the way back down we were blocked by an avalanche. It was both neat and scarey to hear the telltale signs of an avalanche coming down the mountain ... and then watch it unfold in front of us ... wondering how we would eventually transit the large snowfield in front of us. The best way to describe the avalanche was a roaring torrent of snow. Wide eyed we watched huge chunks of snow burst over a cliff above us just like a raging waterfall. Thankfully we were safely 300 yards to the side and almost even with this cliff in terms of elevation when the avalanche started. We stood for over ten minutes and watched nature's spectacle in front of us, and debated the best way to proceed down the mountain.
I hope you enjoy my photos and video. This post 100% uses Blogsy from my iPad. It's nice to leave my laptop behind on this vacation. My apologies if the post formatting is not quite as crisp per normal. I'm still learning Blogsy.