I got a clear sunny day for my run on Friday - a leisurely jaunt out the back door and up Sulphur Mountain and back for 2.5 hours. I wan't in a hurry and it walked most of the climb. I've got to run 100k next weekend - so I was totally taking it easy. On Saturday, I did something that I've been trying to do for the past couple years - I skiied out to Citadel Pass. It's 10km from Sunshine, which is a long way when you're on alpine touring gear. It was a grey day, but calm and warm. I never saw anyone else all day and I was out on my skis for about 6 hours non-stop. It was practically tropical and I was in my base layer all day. Aaaaah!
Same place, different month....
Heading for the Citadel and getting closer.....
Yeah! Baby - Yeah! Made it.
Forgive me Mom and Dad for a photo of my ass on the Internet, yet again. It's just I find The Moon so darn funny. And the place reminded me of this photo - so here it is....AGAIN!
You can tell it's a grey day when I take a million pictures of....myself. The scenery was still stupendous, it was just....grey. I took this picture on the Gondola, riding back to the car. Don't my little eyes look tired?!?
Fortunately, the weather cleared for Sunday and I went back to Minnewanka shoreline to rejoice in the feel of a nice, rolling, perfect trail. I should have had my shorts on, the air was so warm! All of the snow that was on the lake last week was vanishing quickly, but the ice is still 3 feet thick.
I saw this giant wolf print on the way out and I was reminded that it's probably time to dust off the bear spray - especially on this trail. All of this incredible weather is sure to mess with the bears. There's probably some groggy big Mutha' wondering around, confused as all heck. It's pure speculation, but I wouldn't be surprised with these temperatures.
I climbed up to the viewpoint above the campground to get myself a better look. I was totally lollygagging, it was so gorgeous. I headed down to the lake and headed home on the ice, perma-grin cemented on my face. It's still fun. I never get tired of this run!
Looking forward to the weekend at Coyote Two Moon. It's going to be a fun adventure! Doone is coming as well and there's a few trail friends I'm looking forward to seeing again and some I'm looking forward to meeting. It looks like we may be camping in the rain, as well as running in the rain! What's a good running adventure without weather shenanigans?