Have you ever heard of the Going To The Sun Road? It’s a 50-mile road that winds up through the mountains of Glacier National Park with incredible scenes of waterfalls, glaciers and forests on either side. Completed in 1933, the road is edged by an old masonry wall — a wall which is undeniably low for anyone with a fear of heights.
It’s one of my favourite road trips from Calgary. It’s too far for a day trip although it’s a comfortable day trip from Fernie.
Two summers ago, we hiked from the peak down to Hidden Lake where we ate lunch with mountain goats and cooled our feet in the water.
This weekend, we went back. And horror of horrors, look what we found!
I wanted to turn around immediately and scurry back down to summer. Unfortunately, the boy — who grew up at the base of a ski hill and believes snow makes everything better — still wanted to hike into the lake.
There are times in marriage you just have to suck it up and compromise. So off I went, slipping across the snow, glowering at the boy’s back and sending telepathic messages that I deserve diamond earrings from Tiffany’s for this one.
Note the lack of a toque and pants. I did, however, have a bikini in my bag.
We saw plenty of winter fiends who were prepared for the day. Skiers, snowshoers and this creative family who brought ski pants and garbage bags relished the snow.
And we saw this guy on our way down!
We’ll definitely go back. Next time, though, I will check the snow conditions.