After the coffee and the huge plate of pasta kicked-in, we said good-bye to the friends and I decided to go for a bonus run. A big bonus run! Keith was off to Canmore to go to a Show and Shine Car Show, so I thought I could get a lift and run home. There is a fantastic trail that runs between the Bow River and along the base of Mount Rundle, all the way to Banff called the Rundle Riverside Trail. I haven't been on this trail in about 8 years and the last time was on a very long and traumatic mountain bike ride. I think it was about 18 km's back to my house point to point.
Yes, it's like paranoia, but different. I get it occasionally when I run through the dark woods by myself and today, I had it bad! Maybe is was because I saw 3 black bears from the car on Friday and did I mention, 3 grizzly bears and one blond black bear from the car on Saturday? Or maybe it was all of the scat? Or was it that the only cyclists I ran into had seen a couple of bears only one hour earlier? Either way, this girl was running through the woods irrationally scared to the point of Bearanoia. But apart from that...it was a sweeeet run!
Heading out on from the Nordic Centre, on the Banff Trail, I could not believe the fantastic job they have done revamping the trails! The Nordic Centre is in the business of producing some future Olympians and they have been upgrading the facility for the last two years. When I started out, I headed out on an asphalt trail that was for roller-skiing. There were lots of young athletes gliding through the forest, it just seemed so weird! Roller skiiers in the forest in the mountains? Bizarre. After that, the only people I saw were the 3 cyclists who had seen two black bears.
She'll be comin' round the mountain - Mount Rundle
The trail was in fantastic shape! Everything was a shade of "new leaf green", the trail was dry, the pine needles on the forest floor were soft and squishy underfoot, but the roots made you pay attention! It was dark in the forest and with my Bearanoia growing, I was glad to finally come out into the open and was rewarded with some great views of all the classic Banff landmarks!
Mount Norquay Ski Hill in the distance
Helllllo Elk! You can't bitch stomp me on that side of the river....
Cascade Mountain looking sooooo pretty