Went for a nice hike on a forestry road that led us to the shore of Monroe Lake in the East Kootenays of British Columbia. The trek was 3.21 miles, or 5.2 KM. A screenshot of the route is below and it is an in and out via the same route.
The scene below is indicative of the scenery along the road.
Once we reached the lake, there is a foot bridge and an old dam, now in various stages of deterioration.
It is also the mouth of a creek, pretty much dried up as we are at the end of the season. Most creeks and rivers out here are snow and rain fed, meaning they tend to dry up, or they are spring fed, which this one is not. We have seen this creek higher up in the mountain in the past, but it was late October and there was runoff.
We did continue on to the right on the map and discovered some well worn elk trails that we will explore at a later date. We turned back and took the left spur which took us to some amazing scenery. We have done this path prior to this and knew what we were in for. We have also kayaked through the meadow, a post I will put up once I finish playing with video.
We also know about how to relax. A conveniently placed bench to look at the landscape.
And of course, it is not all about the scenery, lets not forget the foliage and critters. In this case an interesting mushroom and some pretty butterflies.
Number 10 on my personal bucket list is simply, finding waterfalls. The ingredients for this are quite handy at the moment.
Be in a place where there is easy access to waterfalls. Check. We live in British Columbia where there appears to be an endless supply. This leads to…
Having limited ability to travel elsewhere. Check. There’s a pandemic limiting most travel. This leads to…
Spending time away from other people. Check. Hiking into these places invariably means that it is just you and the bears. Which leads to….
Knowing where to go. Check. There are plenty of guide books out there. We are presently using “Mountain Footsteps” by Janice Strong. An excellent source for hiking trails in the Kootenay Range of British Columbia. Which leads to…
Having the equipment to pursue this goal. Check. Our winter adventures loaded us up with good footwear, walking sticks, clothing, backpacks, water bottles and, last, but most important, bear spray and insect repellent (not so needed in the winter).
There’s nothing quite like a hike in the mountains, leading to an inevitably beautiful spot, be it a lake, a river. a waterfall or simply a breathtaking view.
Let us give you some photos of a few of the falls we have visited over the past few years, and we will add many more as we go into the future. Also some related music for you as well, Hank Williams and “Singing Waterfall”.
Did an easy one after our climb on Saturday. Basically walked the provincial park at Moyie Lake. Interesting as we were able to get to a few places we haven’t been able to get to in the past. Made it as far as where Peavine Creek enters the lake and had to quit. To wide to cross and nothing to bridge it with. Beautiful day.
This may be Rapid River, Saskatchewan, not really sure. Whatever the name, it connects Lac La Ronge with Hale Lake. We walked to Hale Lake with several people, including relatives of the airman the lake was named after. Many lakes in northern Saskatchewan are named after servicemen who died during WW2. A beautiful hike to a beautiful tribute.
Our Sunday stroll took us along the Moyie River near Cranbrook, BC in Canada. We followed it for about 2 miles through the bush. The river is mostly frozen, soon we’ll be able to ski it, just needs a bit more cold and some snow. To get here we go under the highway and across the tracks. After a few minutes, all you can hear is yourself breathing and the sound of your footsteps. All we saw fro wildlife on this hike was a squirrel running across the river. Luckily, nothing was chasing it. Standard equipment out here is bear spray, you never know. The bears re sleeping, but there is the odd cougar, and even some wolves in the vicinity. Pretty rare to see one. Lots of elk and deer as well. Next time out, I must remember to bring our GoPro and hook it up to my chest. It is gorgeous out there.