Thursday, August 14, 2008

Hiking in Lake Louise, Canada

"From the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (hotel) it's a 3.5 km. (2.2 mile) walk to a lovely hanging valley high above Lake Louise. The trail climbs steadily through a subalpine forest to tiny Mirror Lake. Then it's a short, relatively steep climb beside a waterfall to Lake Agnes. Some continue higher where Beehive Mountain lookouts provide breathtaking views of Lake Louise far below, but most simply linger over lunch at Lake Agnes Teahouse."

One of the wonderful activities we shared with my brother and sister-in-law when they met us in Canada. The guide (from which I quoted the above description) never mentioned that once you reached the teahouse summit -- it would be quite windy, the wait for a hot drink interminable (well, actually over twenty minutes) and that the hot chocolate -- made with water -- wouldn't even be fully stirred. But as you can see, the views were worth it, as was the sense of accomplishment and comraderie. Alan was there but was taking the photos. He and I did continue higher...more steep climb, elevation jump quicker, but even more incredible views (I'll post next).

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