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Published: June 27th 2018
June 8 Benchland Trail, Canmore
Warmth bathed us from our morning start to our afternoon departure. While the best of Skrastins Club hikers tackled the steepness of Lady MacDonald, my group of less ambitious walkers strolled along the lower Benchland Trail. Pine trees still sported bright new tips. Aspen leaves twinkled in the pale sunshine. Dandelions have colonized the trail edges, interrupted by white flashes of a few tiny flowers. Columbines stretched their bowed heads above the leafy carpets. June 15 Sundance Canyon, Banff
With the threat of rain, yet the sight of bright blue sky between puffy white clouds, I set off fully protected by rain pants, waterproof jacket, and wide brimmed hat.
To promote better access for lots of people, the path was paved for quite some distance. The Bow River marshland startled us with views from the tiny plants to the majestic mountains, full of shadows and sparkling highlights. Spring flowers distracted us from our walking. Lots of wild strawberry blooms promise delights for the bears in the summer.
At the picnic area, most of us took off our jackets and fleeces in preparation for the rocky path up the Sundance
Canyon. Every twist in the path opened onto dancing views of the rushing water and the deadfall trees. For one moment a micro sun shower brought sparkles to the air, like exquisite confetti blessing the creek. As we reached the top, the path veered into the woods, confusing my sense of direction for a while. We padded faithfully on the matted pine needles until a series of steep hair-pin turns took us down to the creek again and the picnic tables. Fortunately, there was also a shelter, which we needed for the lunch-time rain storm. We geared up to continue our walk in the rain, only to discover that the sound we still heard was the chuckling of the creek. All the plants glittered with water diamonds water designed by nature.
Tot: 2.509s; Tpl: 0.078s; cc: 13; qc: 31; dbt: 0.0475s; 2; m:saturn w:www (22.214.171.124); sld: 1;
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