The Celebratory Sandwich - Plains of Six Glacier, Lake Louise, Alberta
Today, I did a "reminder" run, that is, I re-visited a place that I hadn't been in awhile, to remind myself of this fact. Why hello Lake Louise.....my old friend!
Lake Louise is the most popular place in all of Banff National Park and it is popular for a reason! The lake really is so gorgeous, that people come from all over the world to see it. I choose it today, because I couldn't find a trail buddy to run with and I knew that there would be lots of people on the trails in the area. Typically, in summer, I avoid these trails and seek out more remote places. But today, I felt like the company. As I ran, I said "Hi!" to just about everyone I saw. I met people from Holland, Belgium, Rhode Island, Seattle, Boston, Sacramento, Australia and Japan. I know because I asked!! Oddly enough, I met only one Canadian couple.
I was blown away by the scenery as I had forgotten just how lovely this area is! I hadn't been in a few years on these trails and I was awestruck! I was reminded that, Life is Good!
Mirror Lake and The Big Beehive - I climbed it twice!!
Looking across from the Little Beehive to Big Beehive
Yeah! I love this view. Lake Louise from the Little Beehive
Lake Agnes from the Teahouse
Lake Agnes from the top of Big Beehive
Big Honkin' Glacier!!
I want to go there!!
In a nutshell, I went and ran to 2 Teahouses, 3 lakes, 4 peaks and the Glaciers. The distance wasn't huge.....maybe 25k?? But the elevation gain and loss was pretty significant. For those of you who care, here's my little circuit of the Best of Lake Louise:
Ran up to Mirror Lake. Ran up to the summit of Little Beehive. Descended back to the Lake Agnes Teahouse. Descended to Mirror Lake. Highline across to Big Beehive trail. Up the summit of Big Beehive. Down the Big Beehive back to the Highline. Across the Highline and up to Plains of Six Glaciers Teahouse. Up to the glaciers. Turnaround. Descend. Back across the Highline. Climb to the summit of Bigh Beehive (again). Descend to Lake Agnes. Climb to the summit of Little Beehive for one last view. Phew. Descend all the way to Lake Louise.
Another revelation: Life is Good! How fortunate am I to be:
1. Physically able to do this.2. Do this for pleasure. That confuses people.
3. Enjoy some great scenery like this daily.
On the return trip, you can see Lake Louise down in the valley. I still have to make my way back up to summit the 2 Beehives before ending up on the shoreline.
Lake Agnes Teahouse
Last gasp before descending - Summit of Little Beehive - second time.
See all photos of this quintessential Lake Louise Circuit here:
Exhibit B - Saturday, Life is Good.
My husband rocks and I have great friends!
On Saturday AM, Keith and I went for a great 20k run on Lake Minnewanka. He did so well and we had so much fun!
On Saturday PM, our Banff friends Pam and Jeff got married, down by the Spray River.
This is a fifteen minute walk from our house. I wore bug juice and under stated browns and greens. The bride looked fabulously gorgeous in white of course and had her Teva sandals well hidden under her long gown!
Exhibit C - Life is good and the flowers are coming out!!
Summer is so short, just like the flowers in the Rockies, you've got to go get out while the goin' is good. Get it?? Stretch out those arms, reach to the sky!!
In conclusion, yes, it frequently occurs to me just how good my life is. I'll try not to gloat about it, but sometimes I just can't help it!! It's better than good....