Here is a day of one of our camp trips. The first day Brian and I went Geocaching. We walked all the way around the lake avoiding all the flooded spots. This was 4.5 km. We also walked up to the quarry in Nordegg where there was a geocache, through a cemetary where there was one AND up and onto a rickety railway trestle which we then found out the cache was under it and not on top. Very interesting. A lot of history. We also went out to Siffluer falls and walked part of the trail but did the whole trail the next day with Joy.
Joy was at a wedding that day and joined us Saturday night. Sunday Brian and I slept in until almost 9 am. That is SO totally unheard of for me. It had been a pretty stressful couple of weeks or so and I think my body was needing this rest. After a good breakfast (bacon, eggs, potatoes, cucumbers, pea pods and COFFEE.
Are you ready? Here we go!
First stop (after getting ice for the cooler) was Siffluer Falls. Oh my, it seems there is a problem. When the transCanada highway was being destroyed by flooding, so was part of the bridge to the falls.
Well, this part of the trail looked alright so off we go!
The hike is 14 km long and classified as a full day hike. Oh look, there's a bridge!
Nothing wrong with this bridge other than the fact that you almost get seasick walking across it! It swings back and forth and Joy had a blast making sure that it DID swing!!
We passed a lot of bushes with red berries on them that Joy said were canyon berries and a favorite of bears. Where are you bears? Oh wait, look at the bear scat and only hours old!
After running into a guy that Joy taught to rock climb. He said the bridge was passable so off we go again. Yes, the bridge is passable. Both ends are gone the the centre is a bit askew at the centre. Someone put a board up on the worst end to walk across on.
Before we get to the bridge there is a bunch of tape and a sign warning us of danger. Joy says I'm a rebel without a pause:
And then the bridge:
You can see the dead trees and branches that have butt up against the middle of the bridge in the above picture. Bridge was steady and secure so we are still hiking.
We walk inland from the river just a bit and see the devastation the flood has left behind. Sink holes, mud and debris everywhere. We walk up a steep hill and through some wooded area. Joy takes the lead.
After a bit more walking up and down through the woods we come upon the gorge. Joy pretends like she's going to dive into the water:
Here is a picture of the falls:
Here is a picture of the top of the falls:
In 2004 a 22 year old guy went through the iron fence to take a closer picture of the falls. He lost his footing and fell in. You can kind of see the writing that someone wrote on the rock saying that best friends never die.
That trip deserved a piece of banana bread. After our snack it was time to head back down. The full day trip took us 3 hours. We then figured we had time for another hike. There was a canyon Joy had been wanting to explore so off we go.
Hmmm, looks like there must be a waterfall in that canyon in the distance. I wonder how close we can get?
Well, this is interesting. I sure hope you can climb Cindy!! Almost straight up.
Then it is a matter of getting down to where Joy is sitting on a rock watching the waterfall.
She decides to climb up further to see if she can get a better view of the falls.
After a nervous few minutes she makes her way back to us and we climb back down. Joy goes back to Jasper and we head back to the camp. On the way we notice a bunch of cars stopped by the side of the road. Oh look, there is a baby bear up a tree:
Oh look Brian, there's mama at the base of the tree. Time to take off!!!!
We get back to camp, start a rip roaring fire, wait until it becomes hot coals and then make hobos for supper.
After supper it is time for a stroll to the lake before roasting some marshmellows and turning in for the night. It has been a long busy day. Glad you were able to enjoy it with us!!!