Adventures in the Mountains

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— It’s a beautiful thing to have lungs that allow you breath air and legs that allow you to climb mountains, and it’s a shame that sometimes we don’t realize that that’s enough. —


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The mountains will always capture my heart and heal my soul.

June 11, 2017 – Day Trips to Kananaskis

Knoll (n) – a small hill or mound

Ford Knoll Loop Trail – 3.18 miles – elevation 230 m

A day spent in the mountains is never a day wasted, and as per my summer goal, I’ve spent the last few Sunday’s sweating my butt of in the perfect weather of the Rockies.

On June 11, Bailey and I tried our hand at the Ford Knoll Loop, located across the road from Forget Me Not pond at the end of Highway 66, in Kananaskis, AB.
The hike took us approximately 2.5 hours, but keep in mind we like to take our time and stop, multiple times in fact, to smell the flowers. There are also some amazing viewpoints where, if you had the time, I would recommend stopping for a picnic.

We saw hardly any wildlife, just a few squirrels that had Lady in a panic, and a deer or two, that luckily Lady did not see. Keep in mind though, with tons of bushes and even more berries, I wouldn’t be surprised if bears also like to enjoy the scenery on this lovely little hike.

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There were tons of these beautiful Fairy Slipper Orchids scattered around the trail. Perfect decoration for one of the short water breaks we took.

With a small stream towards the end of the trail, we were all quite happy to cool off, though our grand ambition to swim quickly turned into simply getting our clothes wet.

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The meadows and mountains below as you come out of the forest. The creek bubbled happily throughout the field.

It’s amazing how refreshed one can feel, even getting out of the city for only a few hours, and we are so so so blessed the mountains are such a short distance away.

I would recommend this hike to anyone, and the day use area at Forget Me Not pond is a wonderful little reprieve after the difficulty of the trail.

If you drive a little bit further into the actual camp ground, just past the pond and the trail head, you come to a bridge crossing the river that is out of site from the day use area. After driving around Kananaskis for an hour or so, we headed back to the river for Lady to have one last swim before leaving the mountains for the week.

Sad to go, it won’t be long until we are back.

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Lady is only truly happy when she is in the water.

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