Last weekend Mom, Craig and I drove to Hinton to visit mom’s cousin Marilyn and her husband Bill and their sweet dog Farley. We had a beautiful drive through the mountains both ways. They are breathtaking…it is hard to capture their enormity in pictures. Even in real life, we were staring at a glacier on the side of a mountain that didn’t seem too far away, when in reality it is over 30 stories high—taller than our condo building! I can’t fathom it.
Highlights of the drive there included seeing Peyto Lake (first picture). It has such a special shape and the water is unreal blue. It was cloudy when we were there but just imagine how stunning it would be if it was sunshine and blue skies. We also stopped at the Athabasca Falls, so beautiful.
We arrived at Bill and Marilyn’s Saturday evening, had a beautiful dinner, and then went to see the “Beaver Boardwalk” that has been newly developed in Hinton. It is a boardwalk surrounding a small lake where a family of beavers have built their home. You are able to get very close to the beavers, one even swam underwater and came out of the water RIGHT beside the boardwalk where I was standing. I jumped so high I almost fell in. It was so neat to see them dragging huge branches with leaves and everything to their homes.
Sunday morning we had a world-class homemade breakfast and then went to church at Bill and Marilyn’s adorable church (the same one that Nini was confirmed in). After church we hit the road back to Calgary, and stopped at a couple places on the way back. Marilyn suggested we stop at “Horseshoe Lake”, so we did, and it was beautiful. Crystal clear blue water that looked very inviting despite it being about 10 degrees out. Marilyn said her girls have cliff dived there before, it would be so fun!
The highlight of the drive home would be seeing the moose! We saw a red car pulled over on the side of the road and in true mom fashion, we slowed down to see if they had actually spotted any animals or if they were just stopped to stretch. Craig was the one who spotted what they were looking at. Across a huge valley and beside the river in a clump of trees was a male moose with the huge rack of horns on him. It was so cool! Of course because he was so far away, my camera zoom just couldn’t keep up, but it was still so neat to see. They are very rare.
Alberta doesn’t have a very long fall season (the snow is already on its way), therefore we don’t get to experience the beautiful fall colours like in Ontario. However, when we stopped at Horseshoe Lake, I spotted the tiniest bit of orange and yellow leaves on a teeny tiny plant. The fall colours exist! You just have to look a bit harder.
All in all a great weekend. Lots of driving, but the scenery is so beautiful and it is so worth it.
PS: In the picture of me snuggling Farley it looks like he is hating it, but in truth he loved me and we got along famously. It might have something to do with the fact that I was constantly petting and scratching his belly. Loved him.