Winter certainly isn’t my favourite season, but being living near the Rocky Mountains, it’d be a waste not to enjoy the beauty of winter. It was possible for a cold fearing*, novice hiker like me when armed with proper winter gear** to brave the snow on some short trips that had big rewards. I wanted to share these three easy hikes done in winter 2017!
Johnston Canyon, Banff
A large section of the hike is on steel walkways to protect the environment, as well as a gorgeous view of the gorge
I actually visited Johnston Canyon twice, the second time while hosting a visitor (you can tell from my jacket:) Decided to venture down and explore a small cave
View from the bottom of the canyon along the frozen creek
My first time seeing a frozen waterfall, and such a majestic sight it was!
Can you spot the ice climber scaling the ice?
Doing it for the gram
Grotto Canyon, Exshaw
It was a foggy day in the mountain with snow clouds
snow covered frozen creek – can you spot the pictographs? The ones that are a couple hundred years old are slightly faded on the left, on the right is your everyday graffiti
Ice cleats were definatlely needed to walk without slipping on the ice, glimpse of the frozen waterfall ahead
We only caught the ice climbers packing up instead of seeing them scale this beast
Majestic ice waterfall featuring le bf
The valley! Apparently venturing further leads to hoodoos and a cave, but snow was falling, and I needed to look for the
Troll Falls, Kananaskis
Need to clean the windows and take more rearview photo pics
The hunt for trolls begin!
At first I saw something blue and thought it was garbage, but found this little guy instead
The infamous falls
*Cold fearing – trust me when I say cold fearing. I don’t even like the coldness after getting out a shower, preferring to step into an all enclosing bathrobe vs a towel. I’m that person that apologizes for their cold hands when shaking hands.
**SO in order for me to not complain about numb toes (the first to get cold for me), in addition to a warm ski jacket/ snowpants/boots, I was equipped with thermal wear, merino wool socks, heat packs and when necessary, ice cleats. And carry a thermos of hot chocolate and lots of snacks. Cause it’s at least -10’C and colder Canadian weather (not counting wind chill), might as well make it comfortable as can be.
Hello dear readers, it’s certainly been awhile! Ohhodgepodge has been on an over a year hiatus during an eventful 2016, but I’m back with lots of things in store for 2017 – hope you enjoy my lists below for now, and I promise I’ll be back soon.
17 Things On the List for 2017!
- Blog more!
- Take advantage of free 2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass and the fact that I’m near the beautiful Rockies to get outside and go hiking, canoeing, kayaking as much as possible
- Visit the Canadian West Coast- Vancouver
- Visit a Canadian Territory- NWT, Whitehorse
- See the Northern Lights
- Visit an Ice Castle
- Volunteer at a yoga studio
- Foster a pregnant cat and her kittens!
- Complete some of my art projects around the house
- Obtain my CAPM Certification
- Get my cardio up so I don’t hyperventilate as much climbing up mountains
- Keep in touch with long distance friends and family
- Donate at least 10 inches of hair in the fall
- Take more time to reflect and meditate
- Flex my video editing skills and put my Go Pro videos together
- Get more involved in my community
- Cross more items off lists 🙂
16 Things That Happened in 2016
- Took a hiatus from blogging, deactivated facebook, got on twitter
- Graduated university!
- Trip to New York City for the first time
- Volunteered at an awesome yoga studio
- Got my first work contact outside of co-op
- Ended my first work contract early
- Saw whales and walked on the ocean floor during my trip out east to NB, NS and PEI
- Moved out west across the country to Calgary, Alberta
- Got my first full-time job post-uni
- Moved in with my best friend/ le bf
- Bought my first car
- Paid off the student loans
- Climbed my first summit and had a mini meltdown on the way down
- Got into home decor/ thrifting
- Drove myself to urgent care and got my first stitches (don’t mess with carrots and big knives!)
- Became much more appreciative of my family and parents as I’m on this adventure of “adulthood”
15 Cities I Traveled to in 2015
- Paris, France
- Giverny, France
- St Malo, France
- Versailles, France
- Grenoble, France
- Bordeaux, France
- Biganos, France
- Saint Astier, France
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
- London, England
- Bruges, Belgium
- Geneva, Switzerland
- Cologne, Germany
- Barcelona, Spain
- Havana, Cuba