Hiking the Big Larches trail from Lake O’Hara to Lake McArthur
We enjoyed our trip to Lake O’Hara (Yoho National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains) in June so much that when we got home we immediately booked a return trip for 1 day of hiking later in the year. We had hoped to see the needles of the larch trees in bright yellow before they fell, which is always a magnificent sight to see in the Rockies. Unfortunately we were about 2 weeks too late to see the peak of the fall colors. It was still an amazing trip, and the seeing Lake McArthur without ice over its brilliant blue waters definitely made the trip worthwhile.
Our friends Kevin and Krista joined us for this trip and they also enjoyed their first trip to the Lake O’Hara region. Kevin owns a karate school and he brought along his gi and some sai’s to use for some photos on the rocks by the lake. It was a great place for a photoshoot and we had some beautiful light.
Lake O’Hara is still one of my favorite places to go hiking and we will definitely go back!
We enjoyed a nice dinner at home with many of Melanie’s favorite treats to celebrate her birthday. Sushi, baked stuffed manicotti with chicken parmesan, and chocolate cake. Really quite decadent. Melanie was all smiles, all day! Unbelievable that she’s 11 years old already…
We’ve always heard that snow is a real possibility in every month of the year in Calgary. But building snowmen on September 8th is a little bit unbelievable! Pepper loved it almost as much as Andrew did. My garden, not so much!
This is Andrew’s first day of Grade 2 and Melanie’s first day of Grade 6!
We’ve been taking a photo in front of the school every year on the first day since Melanie was in Kindergarten. Andrew still has a few years to go, but this will be Melanie’s last 1st Day of School at Riverbend.
We took advantage of a beautiful late summer day to go for a hike at Moose Mountain in Kananaskis Provincial Park. Melanie had stated a goal earlier in the summer that she wanted to reach the actual summit of a mountain this year. To help her reach that goal I had done some research to try to find an attainable summit (ie. one that didn’t require extreme mountaineering skills) and Moose Mountain was at the top of that list. I have seen it described in a few places as “a summit for the rest of us” and I was pretty confidant that we could make it to the top.
It turned out to be a very reasonable hike up to the first peak of the mountain (more of a plateau really) but the view from there up to the actual summit was pretty daunting. It was very steep and appeared to have drop-offs on both sides of the trail. Melanie was determined to go and we decided that she and I would continue up to the top while Louise, Andrew, and Pepper stayed on the plateau and had lunch.
As we made our way up the final scramble we realized that it really wasn’t as sketchy as it looked and the trail was well defined and quite wide all the way up. We enjoyed some fabulous views from the fire lookout station at the highest peak and Melanie was very proud to have made her first summit!
The return trip was much faster, but there is an awful hill near the end of the trail that really hurt at the end of a very long hike. All told we
hiked over 16km and climbed well over 500m (from the lowest point on the trail to the highest peak). It was a strenuous hike and we were all tired by the end of it!
The Black Bear and the Deer
While returning to Calgary from Kananaskis we drove past black bear feasting on a White-tailed Deer at the side of the road. There was no way to know if the bear had killed the deer or if it was just taking advantage of an opportunity…
( WARNING – graphic images! )
The Black Bear and the Deer
Here is a gallery of a few more images from the day that I really loved!
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