in three installments
The hike continues from last week's POST.
It's time to leave the wonderful teahouse with its delicious food and refreshing drinks and head down the path. Going down is SO much easier!
Lake Louise is in the distance. Can you see the 2 people? Their size will give you an idea of the scale. (hint: They're on the middle left blending into the rocks.)
The path goes through this talus field but it has been cleared of rocks, so no climbing is required.
back down at the edge of the lake. We've crossed the rocks-in-the-water path (6th photo). The water really is silvery gray.
a truly wonderful hike with Jaw dropping scenery the entire way! Then at the end of the upward/downward path, at the far end of the lake, I was totally enthralled by the colors. the COLORS! I took a bazillion photos. I could have spent hours here just absorbing the beauty. Joyful!
The silvery gray glacial water feeds into the lake turning turquoise. It's September and Fall, so some of the leaves are becoming golden. The yellow contrasts with the deep forest green of evergreen trees. (Those are tall trees across the lake!)
The water is luscious and clear but oh so cold! Later we dip our feet in but can bear it for only seconds!
commentary from the first week:
Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada is one of the most spectacular places on Earth. My husband and I were privileged to visit twice in 2 consecutive years. The Plain of Six Glaciers is my top, number 1 favorite hike I've ever done. This is because the scenery is breathtakingly spectacular every single step of the way! My photos do not do justice. Yet I offer them as a small taste of possibility.
There are links in the first week's POST. You can also see a map of this hike and will note that it is basically straight up.
The color of the water is due to the suspension of fine rock ground by the movement of the glacier and called glacier flour. The milky silvery gray water has the most glacial flour suspended in it.
Alphabe-Thursday, hosted by Ms Jenny, is so much fun! This week our letter is "J." --for Jaw dropping and Joy-- Come visit others' submissions HERE and join in the fun!
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