“Let’s beat traffic and hit the road early!”
“Yeah! Like 6:30?”
“Yeah! Great idea! Or maybe like 7:30?”
Shortly later…”So I’ll pick you up at 9:30?”
After 9 hours on the road, we arrived in the Kootenays. We stayed a couple of nights at a beautiful lake-front campground.
Here, I really felt like we were getting a taste of Canadian wilderness. Every night we were there, we heard a loon call in the evenings. If you’ve ever heard a loon call, you know it’s the most Canadian sound in the world! We also heard a bard owl and a lot of squirrel noises. I had no idea they had such a wide-ranging vocabulary of chatter!
We saw an osprey and hawk circling the lake a few times hunting. Saw the hawk eat a small fish out of its talons, sitting on a branch right above our heads! It felt like a BBC documentary.
We went on a few short hikes with truly spectacular views. The trails had amazing viewpoints every step of the way. I really had to be careful where I put my foot down, because my head was on a swivel, looking at everything with my eyes wide.
Saw amazing alpine wildflowers! What a great time of year to be up there. They only bloom for 2 months, I was told. So it’s a small window you can catch them.
It was hot during our stay and reached 34°C (93°F) in the afternoon, so having easy lake access was a real reprieve from the heat! We swam and did some paddling. Stand-up paddle-boarding, I’m discovering, is a great sport for me. I look adventurous and athletic, but really, it’s just an excellent way for me to float around with my fingers trailing in the water…
Overall, a fantastic trip. Can’t wait to go back!