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Our walk to the Plain of Six Glaciers!!!

Rick C
July 23rd, 2007, 11:42 AM
Hard to believe, after viewing these pictures below, that the bald butt prairie around Calgary and east into Saskatchewan has seen temperatures in the mid-30's through the weekend with a humidity index into the mid-40's today in southeastern Alberta . . . . .

But Abby and Keeper and I drove to Lake Louise on Saturday and it was about 15 celcius, cloudy and drizzling . . . . . PERFECT!!!

A few of you have probably done the hike below to the Plain of Six Glaciers teahouse.

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Keeper takes a dip at the back side of Lake Louise, in the silt-laden waters that give this lake its colourful hue in the sunlight . . . . . amusingly, as I was drying out and warming up later in the day back home, I learned from the newspaper the Chateau in the far background was just named the third best hotel stop in North America by Travel & Leisure magazine.

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Up, up, up we go, to the back of beyond . . . .

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Up, up, up . . . . . it's about a 100 foot drop to the left, which is why the cable line is on the right, for people to grab onto. Rick is holding Keeper's leash here as she had a tendency to hang close to the edge of a slippery and very narrow rock path. The rocks on the left are a glacial moraine, left by the retreating glaciers in the background.

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Up, up, up . . . . Victoria glacier hangs over Abby's head

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Up, up, up . . . the lake far behind and a rare sight, Abby (left) so pooped that she's following behind Rick, Keeper pluckily hanging in there.

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The reward . . . . . underneath glacier remnants, waterfalls and . . . . .

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. . . . a heavenly glacial stream to lay in. The trail continues another 1.6 km past the teahouse, where this picture was taken. The pooches were pretty bagged though, so we stopped here.

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The big picture . . . the descent. There were actually hundreds huffing their way up this path as we were going down, many foreigners just off the bus, Aussies, Americans, Brits, Germans, French, etc, and asking us how far to the top, to which we gradually replied 30 minutes, 35 minutes, 45 minutes, etc, etc. Nice place, but a little crowded. The trails of Skiing Louise are visible across the valley in the background.

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

BusterBoo
July 23rd, 2007, 12:05 PM
As always, such breathtaking pictures and wonderful captions!!!! Looks like Abby and Keeper enjoyed themselves completely. :thumbs up

Frenchy
July 23rd, 2007, 01:05 PM
Oh wow ! I would probably be too scared to go that high (very afraid of heights) but Abby and Keeper sure don't seem to mind ! :cloud9:

happycats
July 23rd, 2007, 01:10 PM
So beautiful, the pups must just LOVE the beautiful nature walks you give them:love:

You must write a book (with illustrations) about Abby and keepers (and sometimes Polly's) adventures!! Your pictures are awsome!

clm
July 23rd, 2007, 03:02 PM
I just love your pictures. You're very lucky to be in such a beautiful part of the country.

Cindy

Ford Girl
July 23rd, 2007, 05:19 PM
Wow, such nice pictures...the landscape in AB and BC is amazing!

We were just up past Olds and Sundrie this weekend, near Bearbarry, it was beautiful there too!!

rainbow
July 23rd, 2007, 07:00 PM
Awesome pics.....lucky, lucky dogs. :cloud9:

mummummum
July 23rd, 2007, 09:04 PM
*sigh* I think the next pets.ca road trip should be to Rick's house !

BUT it would drive me out of my skull to have them just trotting along the edge like that ~ la-te-da, la-te- da :eek: :eek: :eek:

wdawson
July 23rd, 2007, 10:09 PM
great shot as always....your lucky to live close to such breathtaking surroundings.

OC_Spirit
July 24th, 2007, 01:38 PM
I've been there!!! :D Such a beautiful place!! Awesome hiking places but I do agree that if you go at the wrong time it is wayyyyy too crowded.

JanM
July 24th, 2007, 02:53 PM
Beautiful!

Lukka'sma
July 25th, 2007, 12:31 AM
Wonderful shots Rick. Does Carol ever go on these hikes with you and the pooches?

Rick C
July 25th, 2007, 09:38 AM
Wonderful shots Rick. Does Carol ever go on these hikes with you and the pooches?

Carol comes along occasionally . . . . . she actually spends far more time with Abby and Keeper and the cats than I do, being their primary caregiver and a stay-at-home assistant to my business.

But mostly she kicks us out the door and tells us to get lost for awhile!!!

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Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

rainbow
July 25th, 2007, 07:40 PM
But mostly she kicks us out the door and tells us to get lost for awhile!!!

I do that to my hubby too.....it's the only way a woman can get lots done in the house. :laughing: