Tuesday, September 6, 2011

First and last hike of the season

This past weekend we headed down to Calgary to try and squeeze in our one and only hike of the quickly fading summer season.  We ended up accumulating quite a varied group of enthusiastic hikers, which made choosing a hike difficult, but in the end, we finally settled on Elbow Lake in K Country.  

The hike into Elbow Lake is slightly steep, but very short (only 1.3 km).  At the lake there are fire pits, bathrooms and tent pads.  After stopping at Elbow Lake, there's the opportunity to hike further into the Pipestone or to Rae lake. It was perfect for our group as the tired hikers could hang out at the lake while the rest of us went on exploring.

Longview, enroute to K country

The start of the hike--watching these kids run up the hill made me feel very old.

Approaching Elbow Lake

Elbow Lake

At Elbow Lake, we engaged in all sorts of safe activities such as:

Pointing a bear banger at the camera person

Playing with fire

and playing with axes:

The bathroom at Elbow Lake

Heading to the Pipestone

We didn't make it to Rae Lake unfortunately after being over ruled by a 10 and 8 year old, but on the way back we ran into the munchkins!   

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