Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Post Cards from the Road: Three Lakes



Four postcards today, featuring 3 lakes. The temperature was chilly this morning when we set our for our hike. Clouds covered the mountain behind Lake Louise, that iconic symbol of the Canadian Rockies. Sunshine soon dispelled the cloud and we had a beautiful day. Did you notice the red canoe on the lake?
 

Next: Mirror Lake, with the Big Beehive in the background. Our hike today took us around the back side of that rock formation on a steep trail that switched back and forth across the mountain.
 

Third: Lake Agnes. This photo is taken from the distant end of the lake where the switchbacks up the Beehive begin. The teahouse at the far end of the photo was doing a booming business, but we chose to bring our own lunch and perch on a rock to eat it.
 

Finally: Lake Louise once again, taken from the top of the Beehive. The black specks you might see are canoes on the lake. At the left end of the photo is the Chateau Lake Louise, one of Canada's famous Railway hotels - now owned by Fairmont.

When we returned to the lake, the sun shone and there were no clouds - it would have made a beautiful photo, but all I could think about was taking off my boots. It was mid-afternoon and tourists crowded along the lake shore. Tonight I can hardly keep my eyes open and it's barely 8 pm. We hiked 10 km (6 miles) with an elevation gain of 540 metres (1770 feet). Beautiful, beautiful views.

29 comments:

helen tilston said...

Hello Lorrie

Your images are spectacular and do justice to this incredible beauty. I found the splendour and vastness of Banff and Lake Louise breaktaking. Photos had not prepared me for the beauty. It is a must on each travellers journey.
Have a great week and thanks for sharing your trip

Helen

Karen B. said...

Wow, I wish I could be there again. The last time we did a road trip we went from Medicine Hat, Alberta all the way over the Rockies up to Prince Rupert and it was amazing! I hope you have an amazing time!!
Hugs
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Dawna Motz said...

What gorgeous pictures Lorrie! That first one is breathtaking!! I love the red canoe in the corner...Lake Louise is very pretty and picturesque for sure. Take care!

Susan said...

These are so gorgeous -- what a great day. Thanks for sharing.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Beautiful country.
You must be in great shape to hike that far I am impressed!

Chy said...

Beautiful photos Lorrie!!

marigold jam said...

What an amazing area. Worth getting tired for I'd say!

Elizabethd said...

Such wonderful scenery. I've often wished to visit that area.

Debbie said...

These are stunning. I love that second one the best. It looks like the rocks are spilling into the lake.

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

WOW what fantastic scenery and great hiking adventures... I have been to Lake Louise a long time ago so I recognize it right away.. BUT I never saw this lovely lake from the top of a Mts.. Incredibly gorgeous... thanks for sharing your adventure and the most wonderful photos. Hugs judy

Mary said...

You certainly gave those boots a good workout dear! Congratulations going so far and so high.

Lake Louise is awesome (beautiful shots) just as are most views in the Canadian Rockies. Last time we were there, standing near the Chateau, there was an avalanche at the far end of the lake - amazing to watch and, as you can imagine, cameras were clicking although I don't think I even had mine at the ready - it was prior to digital!

Aaaaaah, Banff and Lake Louise - the two special places I could return to over and over - and I always tell people to go there, they'll not regret it.

Thanks for sharing more beauty of nature Lorrie. Have more fun once your poor tired feet have rested - hopefully no blisters!!!!

Hugs, Mary

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Lorrie,

These photos are awesome! What a fabulous trip.

Gabriela

Jill said...

What a beautiful place and fun adventure you are on. I hope you have a relaxing vacation apparently you'll come back very fit!

Pondside said...

Absolutely beautiful! I've sent a link to this post to a friend who is planning a trip to the Rockies.

muddyboots said...

thanks for the recommendation pondside! wonderful scenery / photos

ellen b. said...

Oh my what gorgeous views for sure!

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

So beautiful...the lakes in the Rockies! Have a great day...wherever it takes you.

Andrea Dawn said...

Lorrie, your first shot is truly exceptional! They are all beautiful, but the first is really special. I have yet to get to Lake Louise but I am putting it on my bucket list. Enjoy the rest of your adventure.

Chel C said...

Absolutely fantastic shots Lorrie, what a beautiful place to take a hike! xx

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Absolutely stunning photos - what an experience!!

Tricia said...

My goodness, what a beautiful place! It's so picture perfect. I can't get over how pretty the water looks in that last photo!

materfamilias said...

Stunning postcards! It's been a few years since we were in the Rockies. We'll get to Revelstoke next month, but we'll be resisting the eastward pull, so your photos are a good stand-in. . .

Vee said...

Ohhhhh wow...no wonder Lake Louise is so iconic. She's a beauty all right and obviously a tourist destination. You've taken some gorgeous photos.

aimee said...

Ah--beautiful, beautiful Lake Louise! I remember it well--along with Chateau Lake Louise...great memories; lovely photographs!
Blessings,
Aimee

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Marilyn said...

Stunning!
This is on my list of places to travel to see.

Poppy said...

Hi Lorrie,

I am in AWE!!! What a breathtakingly beautiful country I was born in!! The Western provinces are so very picturesque. Every time I see a glorious image, like yours, of Lake Louise, I shake my head from side to side, at its unbelievable beauty! So different from my country of heritage, where I have been living for the past 25 years, which is equally stunning in a different sense. Thank you for sharing the fresh air and idyllic views!

Poppy

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Donna said...

Stunning photos! Such an exhilarating place for a vacation and exploration!