This past weekend I headed out onto highway 93 to hike to Norman Lake/Sunset pass. I decided to haul my DSLR with me this time, instead of relying on my iPhone4. It was a great opportunity to test out my new, slightly used, wide angle lens, a Tokina 11-16 mm. It was definitely worth carrying the extra weight and trust me...it was very noticeable.
|Highway 93 approaching Bow Lake|
|Waterfall on the way up|
The drive out was absolutely beautiful. I have been so busy trying to tick things off in the area between Lake Louise and Calgary, I can honestly say I haven't been up highway 93 in at least 10 years! I am so lucky to live near such vast beauty!
The beginning of the hike is about 15 km north of the Saskatchewan River Crossing, and it's about a three hour drive from Calgary. Of course, it takes a little longer when you decide to stop at your favourite bagel shop in Canmore, but it's worth it.
The first three km of the hike was a series of steep switchbacks through a forest, with a few places to catch a glimpse of the highway, the Alexandra River Valley and a lovely waterfall. We also gained 420m of the of the 725 meters of elevation here! The guidebook was not exaggerating when they used the word "excruciating".
|On our way up|
|Quite a picturesque little spot!|
|A view of Pinto Lake from Sunset Pass. Approx. 8km from the parking lot, although it felt like more.|
|Coming back from Sunset pass|
|A few minutes after leaving our campsite.|
|Stopped for lunch at Waterfowl Lake. The recent floods have changed the landscape here too!|
|Waterfowl Lake off highway 93, just a few minutes by car south of the Saskatchewan River Crossing.|
It feels like this blog has mainly been about my adventures so far! Dave has been busy helping disadvantaged kids have adventures of their own. He is working as a climbing guide at the Tim Horton's Children's Ranch in the Kananaskis until we leave for New Zealand.
After talking to him, I'm so proud of all the hard work and effort he and all his coworkers put into giving these kids an experience of a lifetime! They get to experience so many things related to the outdoors, the arts and music. I'm also really glad he is getting a glimpse into my world as a teacher :).