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One more time – summer hikes

I lied when I said we went on our last camping trip of the year. We went back to Jasper last weekend since the forecast was amazing for September and we really wanted to finish the hike we’ve started twice before.

We drove up Friday after work and read around the fire until the night got too cold. Saturday we woke up with one goal: climb Sulphur Skyline. It’s not a long hike, and although there is quite a bit of elevation gain it’s not too difficult. We started off in lots of layers and hoped for no bear sightings or encounters.

The entire hike was gorgeous and it was green everywhere we looked. It also got really warm, which was an added bonus!

When we finally made it into the alpine (above the treeline) we were met with beautiful views.

After a couple quick photos, we climbed the last bit to the top. There were already a few people coming down, and Harold got many compliments on his hiking skills!

The views were more than worth the hike.

On our way back into town we stopped at Jasper Lake, which is right off the highway. The water is incredibly shallow, and on warm days you can see people walking across. The freezing water felt great on my feet!

We then walked through town to check out some stores and pick up a few groceries for camp. When we got back, Harold slept hard!

After dinner, with the weather still unseasonably hot, we went for another hike along the river.

Now that was an incredible weekend to truly cap off the summer!

With all our camping gear packed away for the season, I’m already looking forward to next summer’s mountain adventures. Hopefully we’ll have time to go on more hikes and take out the kayak. Until then, we’ll try to make it out a few times in winter for ski weekends.

Has Fall and chilly temperatures settled in where you live? 

Another long weekend away

We spent another weekend camping in Jasper, exploring some new areas, and making great memories!

Jasper is one of our favourite places. We put in the effort to go on as many weekend getaways there as we can since we’re so fortunate to live fairly close to the majestic town.

We split our long workout days again so someone could stay with Harold. I set off for my bike on Saturday. It was pretty cold when I started, but I wore my hydration pack so I could take off some layers.

I also had my trusty bear spray by my side since I’m terrified of running into a grizzly! I’m always super nervous of wildlife, and my husband always tells me not to be. I worked myself up before the ride but was so relaxed when I was out there. Along the way I saw a coyote, many elk, deer, and bighorn sheep. I was a bit apprehensive of the elk since they have their babies now and are extra protective. Luckily they completely ignored me when I rode by!

I did the same ride my husband did last time, up Maligne Lake Road to Medicine Lake. It’s a stunning road with a lot of inclines on the way there. My ride got cut a bit short since there was a group of bighorn sheep in the middle of the road and they wouldn’t move! I didn’t want to get too close so turned around a few miles early.

I got to stop, fuel, and visit with Kelly and Harold since they came to hike by there so they could see me in case I needed anything,

I cruised on the way back down and saw so many other riders. It’s a phenomenal ride!

After I ate and cleaned up we took to the trails for an easy hike of the Valley of Five Lakes. It’s another little gem with striking blue lakes set on an idyllic mountain backdrop. (By the way, we saw a bear in the ditches on our drive to this hike!)

On Sunday Kelly was supposed to go for a long ride but came back after a couple hours and serious bike trouble. We walked into Jasper so he could buy new tires. While we were there we found a solution to one of our problems.

We work Harold too hard sometimes, exhausting him when we’re on holidays or camping weekends. When we camped last year we would take him for trail runs and half-day hikes on the same day. When we were in Oregon in September, we had to carry him back to the campsite every single day since we were always out exploring.

Harold was exhausted by the end of his second hike of the day on Saturday.

We tried a front pack (like a backpack but for a dog to sit on the front of your chest), but he’s too big. So when we were in Jasper we bought a baby jogger!! (I can admit that I’m a crazy dog lady!)

We had to test it out so took him on a run as soon as we could. Although he’s super high energy, he sat it in just fine when he was exhausted. It was hilarious and lots of tourists thought it was pretty funny, too.

Kelly was going to go for a ride the next day since he bought new tires, but a  spoke ended up breaking and he didn’t have the proper replacement. We ended up calling it a weekend and came home tired and anxiously waiting our next weekend getaway!

What adventures did you go on this weekend?

Jasper recap

We had an amazing first camping weekend to kick off the season. Jasper is our favourite place to camp. It’s also one of our favourite places to visit, especially since we can take Harold!

Some highlights from our weekend excursion:

I went on a glorious 20 km run, which is the furthest I’ve gone since the Disney Marathon 16 months ago. The best news is that nothing hurt after even though there were lots in inclines! I also ran with a great new hydration pack that held water, bear spray, toilet paper, and my camera!

Once I got back and cleaned up we hiked part of the Overlander Trail. My legs were ready to give out on the climbs after my run, but the views and fun we had were more than worth it.

It was Kelly’s turn for a good workout early Sunday morning. (We have to take turns so somebody is with Harold at camp!) He took off for a gorgeous bike ride to Medicine Lake while Harold and I chilled out and read.

Once he got back we decided to take the scenic walk into jasper. These are some of my favorite trails in the area.

The rest of the day and night was spent reading by the fire and relaxing.

It was an ideal weekend that we hope to repeat this summer! You can do some amazing training in the jasper area. We’ll try to take Harold as often as we can and work our training schedule around it, but we’ll probably leave him at the grandparents a couple times too.

What were the highlights of your weekend? Do you like to camp?

Jasper bound!

We’re taking off for the first camping trip of the season. I can’t wait!

Our favourite place to camp is in Jasper. It’s a National Park in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. It’s also an outdoor enthusiast’s dream! 

We hope to go for some hikes, get in a good run, take in the gorgeous surroundings, and just relax!

Have a great weekend! What are your plans?