No want of places to hike…

Well, I am a few hikes behind in posting pictures here. There are a world of hikes to be had here and scenery everywhere!

I have joined up with a little group of regular hikers for a couple weeks in a row now.  They are older than I but still hitting the trails every week. They’ve been doing it for 11 years faithfully so I have lots of places to discover.

We strolled to Middle Lake in Bow Valley Park one Thursday…

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And I learned all about Scotland on the way thanks to this gal’s great story telling…P1200084

(She’s also quite a photographer!)

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There are hot springs active here…

And less active one-legged geese (lol)P1200097

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And migrating swans…P1200103

And the first wildflowers are just making their appearance…P1200104P1200108 The “Prairie Crocus”, also known as the Pasque flower, is the first harbinger of spring, though it’s not a crocus at all, but an Anemone.   We are now officially acquainted ( ;

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The next  of “Ruthie’s Hikes” took us into Banff on a cool day with weather brewing!  We walked the circuits surrounding Johnson Lake…

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This was once mining country…all traces of the town that lay below this overlook are now gone.

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We stopped by an old hermit’s cabin along the way—seems he lived here for 27 years avoiding society.
I’m sure there have been many more visitors to his cabin since his passing than in his lifetime!

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A few of us oldies tried out a trailside swing over the bluff. Eeks!

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Despite the day’s chill spring is making headway here…

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I for one will be glad to see it warm up a bit.  I have not yet learned to dress just right for the fickle weather.  I ended up borrowing a coat!

–LS

The earth is the LORD’S, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Ps.24:1

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