Curiosity takes me to a bittersweet snowshoe trek
It was a gorgeous day yesterday (the sweet part) so we drove to Peter Lougheed Provincial Park in Kananaskis in search of snow. There is still a surprising amount near Upper and Lower Kananaskis Lakes. Snowshoes were a Christmas gift so we wanted to see if we could get a bit more use since spring seems to be firmly rooted in Calgary (not complaining about that!!).
It was incredibly windy so we only went for about half an hour around the lake before deciding to look for something a bit more sheltered. The Elk Pass trail was just the ticket as there are groomed cross country ski trails, as well as snowshoe trails. It was a bit tricky for me to stay in the middle of the trail, but stepping off meant going in to thigh deep snow. Poor Chester was in the back pack and we both took a tumble into the soft snow – it was fun getting up and I’m glad no one took a picture as it was not elegant! I stayed on the side of the cross country trails as much as possible after the first kilometre. Gorgeous views and a nice mixture of flat and hills.
Now to the bitter part of the day – we lost this beautiful, old gal this past week. This is one of my favourite pictures of her. She was always up for swimming, hiking in the mountains and even paddleboarding the past two summers (not sure that was her favourite, but she never wanted to be left out of the action). Hikes will never be the same and the house seems empty, though our bichon-shitzu fills a bit of that empty space. He is sure missing his “girlfriend” too!
For a bit of humour (my coping strategy), I have an note for myself for next time: don’t do the brutal butt and thigh workout the day before you snowshoe 10.3 kms as it makes sitting down rather unpleasant!!
I hope you enjoy your day, whatever you are doing.