Tuesday, 8 July 2008

SPT: WATER-ton



Last week, after YW's camp, we headed to Waterton for 4 days with our own kids and 3 of our nieces. Waterton is the national park of my childhood, and though I now live closer to Banff, it will never be the same for me.
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Waterton Lake viewed from The Prince of Wales Hotel.
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My favorite water attraction in Waterton is Red Rock Canyon, but our weekend wasn't quite warm enough for nature's water slides. Another time.
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Here's as close as I got to a self portrait together with my horse (without the horse eating my camera). You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him pose for a double self portrait.
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Ken thought that my color & plaid coordination was funny, perhaps the Camelbak coordinated just a little too well . . .
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But I didn't bring the Camelbak for fashion - it is a hiking essential! We climbed Bear's Hump between multiple thunderstorms on Friday, with hot, oppressive storm-building sunny breaks. The humidity and pressure made that 'easy' hike a little less easy.
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It is satisfying to look down on the town of Waterton and spy the cabin you are staying in.
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Top of Bear's Hump with Waterton Lake in the background.
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Cameron Lake, with the distant (Glacier Park) end still being fed by melting snow.
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We had such a great time, I can't wait to find out where my feng shui summer will take me next!

27 comments:

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

Wow, Barb! What a trip. And what a funny line of "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him pose for a double self portrait."

You guys do some cool things as a family.

Kelly said...

Great pictures! We'll have to try to make it to Waterton sometime when we are up there. It always seems like extra driving is the last thing we want to do, but sometimes it's totally worth it! I also laughed at your horse comment.

lelly said...

it's just beautiful. i say, your camelback is tres chic! if you gotta have it, you might as well be stylish about it :)

nic said...

So absolutely beautiful! I really admire out-doorsey families. Camping for me is a three star hotel. Totally a snob. And look what I'm missing out on!

Tiffany said...

You really can't go wrong taking pictures there--the views are amazing! What a wonderful time together with your family--thanks for sharing the fun photos. :)

Chris said...

Wow those are some beautiful scenes. The water must be pretty cold if melting snow is feeding it. My daughter would have loved your stylish camelback for her 40mile hike a couple weeks ago. :-)

Laurie said...

Beautiful! I'm adding all these destinations to my master list of places to visit.

Courtney said...

HOLY COW! Beautiful pics! Great spt!

Rachael said...

Beautiful pictures!

Shelly said...

Absolutely breath taking.

Thank you so much for sharing!

Lene said...

Those pictures are heavenly.

I love that your camelbak coordinated with your outfit.

cheetah (aka rglhm) said...

HMMMM. Waterton.

Jenny said...

Looks like the hike was well worth it. What an amazing view. My favorite spt is with the horse :)

Jeanette said...

Wow! What a gorgeous view!!!

April said...

Teehee. I was laughing at your color coordination and the horse comment...you clever girl! I think you are amazing to think of SPTing from those heights...I never think of it and always regret it.

I think my favorite line was "the national park of my childhood" ...so charming and poignant to me.

CrabbyFamily said...

What a wonderful place to grow up! I spent 10 days in the area. Lake Louise to be exact, we were shooting an ad campaign in different country areas there, it was so majestic! Great post, I dig your fashion coordinating.

Kim Sue said...

wow! I mean WOW! That is absolutely amazing.

Dacia said...

What an amazing hike! What beautiful scenery!

Bren's Life said...

That is so Beautiful! Oh my goodness. I love the colors. I cna't believe there is snow on the mountain... How fun to have a horse. I have always wanted a horse my whole life.

Amy said...

Such amazing mountains & beauty! Wow. And you always capture great pics of yourself...you talented SPTer!

Jill said...

Your stylish camel back is cracking me. You always look cute, even when hiking!

I appreciate the attempt to do a self-portrait with the horse.

Jenny S said...

Wow, the mountians look so amazing. It looks like a great way to spend some time.

Jenny S said...

Wow, the mountians look so amazing. It looks like a great way to spend some time.

Jenny S said...

Wow, the mountians look so amazing. It looks like a great way to spend some time.

carlo said...

it is so hard for me to think of snow anywhere at this point!

love your spts. you always go the extra mile. (or mountain!)

annalisa said...

You take such great pics. Sounds like a fun vacation. My husband's been hinting that we should go camping sometime. You know, get out in nature and experience its beauty.

michelle said...

gorgeous! I've never seen a plaid Camelbak -- that would make me want one too.