*trifecta definitions related to today's blog:
1. noun - a group, set, or series of three; a triad
2. British Dictionary definition - any achievement including three successful outcomes.
What more can a girl ask for than to be in her favorite place in the world, with her husband and new friends? Today's activities were hard to top (except for some on our Alaska RV caravan).
To start out the day, Bob, Pat, Kevin, Bob Z., and I rode together to Johnston Canyon to hike to Lower Falls. The trail to Upper Falls is undergoing infrastructure improvements to the Johnston Canyon railings which will enhance accessibility, improve visitor safety, and reduce disturbance of the endangered Black Swifts nesting in Johnston Canyon. Railings will encourage visitors to stay on the designated trail and keep them from trampling on surrounding vegetation.
Johnston Canyon is a very special place. The beginning of the trail passes through a lovely forest. That changes when you reach the catwalks into the heart of the canyon. From here on, much of the trail to the falls is along catwalks bolted into the canyon walls. The catwalks allow people to walk two abreast. Without these elevated walkways along the canyon walls, most of Johnston Canyon would be impassable.
|Bob A. and Bob Z. on the|
suspended catwalk in Johnston
|Kevin and Pat are on the catwalk. |
Can you tell it's really cold?
|Here's a photo of the catwalk along|
|Kevin and Pat are on the hike.|
|The suspended catwalk.|
|Bob A., Bob Z., and Kevin.|
|Lower Falls in Johnston Canyon.|
One of the unique aspects of this waterfall is a cave you can enter to get much closer to the falls. When we were there in June, the water gave us a shower because the falls were so full. This time, we didn't get wet at all. Oh, well, it's still a beautiful spot. As we were coming back out of the cave, I smashed the top of my head on the ceiling. Thankfully, I was wearing a very warm coat with a hood. That's what kept my head safe from the rock ceiling.
After we did the cave thing, we hiked up another set of stairs to get an overview of Lower Falls. From here, you can see the cave entrance, the falls, and the bridge to the cave. In June, a line of people stretched all the way across the bridge to the cave. Only a few people can go through the cave to the viewing platform at one time. In June, it took us over 1/2 hour to wait for all the people ahead of us to go to the cave. Today, we only had two groups in front of us.
|Overview of Lower Falls viewing area|
and the cave entrance.
It was so fun to take Bob Z., Kevin, and Pat to see this unique area. They were appreciative and enthusiastic about visiting Johnston Canyon.
The next activity we wanted to do was a 5k Volksmarch at Lake Louise. Even at this time of year, Lake Louise's public parking lot was full. When we got up to the parking area, Bob asked the workers if he could drop us off. They let him into the parking lot. As we drove through the parking lot, we found an empty space. I asked the parking attendants if we could park there. They said, "Yes," and told us to pay the parking machines on the way to the lake. It cost us $12.25 to park for the day. We considered ourselves extremely lucky to find a spot. There are people who drive around and around hoping for an open parking space on their next pass through the lot.
As we walked to Lake Louise, we could see fog all the way down to the lake. Oh, no! That's a bummer. We decided to do the walk along the lakeshore to the end of the lake anyway.
|Lake Louise is all fogged in.|
|We started to see some light at the|
end of the lake that looked like the sun
trying to break through.
The walk along the lakeshore is very flat. It had rained recently and we had a number of puddles to watch out for, but nothing we couldn't bypass easily. The hike to the end of the lake is 1.5 miles (3 miles round trip). When we arrived, the fog started lifting. We felt very fortunate to watch this take place. It was a slow reveal of the grandeur around us. Kevin and Pat had never been here before so they had no idea what to expect. Let's take a look.
|The world-famous Chateau Lake Louise.|
|Peek-a-boo. What have we here?|
|The sun burning through thick fog|
reveals a big mountain.
|Bob Z. and Kevin watching|
the fog reveal the majesty
surrounding the lake.
|We are at the end of the lake watching|
the rock cliffs appear above us.
|The mountains are coming out.|
It looks like we picked the absolute best time to be here. The big reveal of the mountains surrounding the lake teased us for at least one-half hour before we could see all the scenery.
|The fog is so cool to watch!|
|Chateau Lake Louise and the |
mountains behind it.
|A granite massif.|
|What a morning! Look at the color|
of the water.
|This is the view we didn't see when|
we got here. Wow!
|Pat, Kevin, and Bob A. starting|
the climb up The Rockpile.
|The view of mountains looking away |
from Moraine Lake.
|This is where we continue up|
|Moraine Lake and the ten peaks.|
Kevin and Bob A. are at the bottom right.
|Bob is at the top of The |
Rockpile at Moraine Lake.
|Bob and I are at Moraine Lake.|
|Moraine Lake's color is |
prettier than Lake Louise's color.
|Bob hiking through the |
|Bob A. and Pat.|
|Pat and Bob A.|
|The end of Moraine Lake. It is not as|
big as Lake Louise.
|Me and Pat.|
|Bob at one of his favorite places, |
|Kevin and Bob A.|
|Pat, Kevin, and Bob A.|
|Looking up at hanging glaciers that |
are above Moraine Lake.
We had a most excellent day all around. The weather was picture perfect.