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Hiking to Window Mountain Lake in Crowsnest Pass


I’m going to start by saying that when you read reviews of hikes, you have to understand everyone has their own opinion on the difficulty of a hike. The reviews of Window Mountain Lake said easy to moderate so Rachelle and I figured it was perfect for me to pack little TyTy along. I would not call that easy! Read…

Hiking with Kids on the Syncline Trail


Cat and I have been talking of going to Huckleberry Festival for years. This year we decided it was time to actually go and when we saw that it started Friday it was perfect! I was leaving for Great Falls on Saturday morning with the family so on Friday afternoon ,we loaded her car up with our kiddos and headed…

Paddleboarding & Finding the Elusive Loon Lake


Last week I finally accomplished my goal of finding the Elusive Loon Lake at the base of Mt. Vimy. A couple of years ago while on Bear’s Hump, I noticed a lake across the lake at the base of Vimy. After checking out a park map,. I learned that it was called Loon Lake and I’ve been wanting to check it…

Kayaking Fun in Waterton


On the August Long Monday, Ryan stayed home with the baby so I could go to Waterton with Cat and Jenn for paddle boarding. “Wait- but your title says kayaking?” We got to Blakiston & Company at 3 p.m. and they were completely booked out until 6 p.m. at the earliest. We were completely bummed and didn’t know what to…

Going to Miss My Hiking Buddy!


How many of you have a go-to hiking/adventure buddy? Someone you can call and say “Want to go ice skating on a frozen mounatin lake in -20C with me?” Someone whose response is “Hell yes!” That’s my friend Samara. Ever since we did our first hike two years ago, we became fast friends and experienced a ton together. I knew…

Hiking the Highline Trail in Glacier National Park


I knew that with a new baby I would likely get one all day hike this summer; two if I was lucky. One of those hikes (which I planned to do in the spring) was the Highline Trail, also known as the Garden Wall in Glacier National Park.  This was one of the most memorable hikes I’ve done, and it’s…

Baby’s First Attempt to Hike


Last Wednesday, despite the heat warnings, I set out for Waterton with TyTy and my friend Paula and her children.  I read on Twitter that Parks Canada had opened up the Crandell Lake hike and I thought that was a perfect easy hike to ease TyTy into baby carrier life. Paula had her doubts after seeing the forecast of 34C,…

Leave No Trace this Summer as You Explore the Outdoors


I was so inspired by this story that I asked permission from the  United States Geological Survey (USGS) to repost it on the blog. Enjoy! With summer officially here, it’s a great time to explore the outdoors! As people go hiking, camping, wildlife viewing and engage in other recreation activities, there can be associated impacts on the natural environment. In 2017, more…

Turtle Mountain, Crowsnest Pass


“Trail-ish” was the theme of our hike to the first peak of Turtle Mountain in the Crowsnest Pass on Canada Day. Samara and I spent another July 1st adventuring and this hike was definitely an adventure. I hiked to the summit of Turtle Mountain back in 2015 and I remember it as being hard but doable. I invited a friend and…

Summer Fun Weekend


Wow this weekend was such a blast! From the adventures to the misadventures, it was just what I had in mind when I was fantasizing about summer over this frigid winter. Battin’ I kicked off the weekend subbing on a softball team. Ryan stayed home with TyTy and I got in a good workout. I was pretty happy with my…

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Planning My Summer Hikes


In the past, I never spent much time planning my summer hikes. I would pick an area (usually Waterton) and the night before or day of would decide which one to hit. Well, with a new baby that way of hiking has changed. Ha ha! I figure I have one (maybe two) all day hikes this summer where I can…

Baby’s First Trip to Waterton


One of my top goals for my son is that he grows up to love the outdoors as much as I do. Years before I even had him, I’ve been reading articles and blog posts about how to make hiking fun for your little ones so they enjoy hitting the trails with you. When my friend Rachelle invited us to…

Enjoying a Warm Day Snowshoeing


This has been a boring kick off to 2018 so I haven’t had much to write about. Between the extreme weather, a vehicle that drives terribly in the snow, working like crazy, and being pregnant and tired, I’ve spent a lot of evenings at home on my butt on the couch. This is why I was in absolute heaven when…

Fall Hike to Vimy’s Pimple


Ok! Ok! There is no place called Vimy’s Pimple, it’s actually called the Lionshead so I hear. But on Sunday, Cat, Samara, and myself hiked to that little peak that sticks out the west side of Mt. Vimy. I affectionately dubbed it Vimy’s Pimple this past summer when I hiked to the peak with my cousins. Anyway, this was a…

Waterton Is Scarred But Still Stunning


Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to head out to Waterton not once, but twice. And due to some snow, I saw it in two different states. I don’t know how many people have been out since the Kenow Fire. I know I watched all the videos and saw all the photos on Facebook, but nothing puts it in…

What will fall hiking look like this year?


Like many hikers in Southern Alberta, I’ve been watching the progress of the Kenow Fire in Waterton Lakes National Park and hoping the fire would stop before it spread. This fire has not only burnt through most of my beloved park, but it spread onto the prairie and burned down ranches, spread north to Castle where more people had to…

Waterton Wanderings


This has been my “week off” to rest and recharge before my new semester starts this Monday. I use week off in quotations because I still had some planning stuff to finish, doc appointments, etc. so it wasn’t a week vacation. But I made the most of it by packing it full of mountain adventures with friends. Waterton with Kiddos…

Grinell Glacier Hike in East Glacier National Park, Montana


Rachelle and I are chipping away at the Many Glacier area hikes in East Glacier National Park. This week we hit one of Glacier’s top rated hikes, Grinell Glacier. Pronounced grin-elle. This was the first hike where the scenery on the way was better than the destination. I’ll get to it. This is one BUSY hike! You can either take…

Tenting at Beauvais Lake


Ryan and I had plans to head out to Montana for camping with the dogs for the weekend. But when he had an opportunity to stay home and work Saturday, we changed out this plans to do the one night an to go somewhere nearby. There are a ton of fire bans on right now and since M.D. of Pincher Creek…