Sunday, January 5, 2014


There's nothing like a Bluebird day in the Rockies.  There seems to be some magical co-relation between cold temperatures and clear blue sky's in our corner of paradise.  When it's this cold, it's frequently a clear blue sky.  This morning, I was solar-powered.  It's a beautiful day!  The sun is out!  I thought to myself.  I was dressed and ready to go for my run before I checked the temps.  When I opened the front door and got a blast of Arctic coldness, I retreated with my tail between my legs to re-think my wardrobe and add a few layers.

Still, it was a beautiful day for a run.  There's nothing like running in winter to generate heat and warm-up quickly.  On this day, I had about 7 minutes of "urban" running before I hit the trails.  It was an exceptionally gorgeous day to be outside.

I love our new bridge.  It's a great addition to town and it means I can avoid people and roads and civilization altogether when I'm out for a run.  You also get great views of Banff's most famous landmarks:  Mount Rundle and Cascade Mountain.

Today I got thinking today about when and why I started this blog.  2007!  Holy Crap.  Mostly, it was to share this fantastic place with people. 

When I started trail running, my mind was getting blown by Mother Nature on a regular basis.  I never carried a camera and I was pretty focused on staying in motion.  Picking up a camera changed everything.  It slowed me down a whole lot and honed me into the art of observation.  I see a lot on my day to day runs.  I've been running around the woods and taking photos for 9 years!


Despite the cold, it was a good day to commune with Nature. I'm heading off for a month in New Zealand to find some new beautiful trails.  But I love me some Banff.  It's always good to come home.


Jill Homer said...

Ahhhh :)

Leslie said...

Hi Jill! Your Alaska Christmas trip looked aaaaaawesome!

Barry said...

Fabulous winter photographs from Banff, Leslie. Keep running around and sharing the results with us. Have a wonderful time in New Zealand. Say hi to Helen if you pass that way and have a chance. I always look forward to your adventures. Thank you for sharing and please keep up the great work. One day I hope to meet you at the Visitor Centre.

Leslie said...

Hi Barry! Let's go for a hike together instead. Far better to socialize on the trail!

Digger said...

Hi Leslie;
I see you hooked up with Jamie McDonald! Way to go. He mentioned you on his blog a few days ago.My cousins looked after him in Wawa, Ontario.

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