Opabin West and East trails anchor an easy loop to Opabin Plateau – a beautiful, rocky hanging valley above Lake O’Hara. The plateau is dotted with multiple alpine lakes, offers spectacular views of Lake O’Hara valley and is criss-crossed by a network of trails that pass multiple waterfalls, larch trees and more.
It’s early June and the mountains are calling. Canada’s highest public paved road is snow free but closed to motor vehicles until June 15th. What to do? Join the steady stream of cyclists and pedal to the summit of Highwood Pass!
A portion of the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area is open to the public and features a network of trails that provides access to a range of natural habitats plus mountain and city views. It’s a quiet place to enjoy nature, just a few minutes outside Calgary’s southwest city limits. Road construction in Calgary’s SW quadrant make the drive a bit of an ordeal, but once the SW ring road is completed, access will be quick and easy.
Calgary and area went directly from winter to summer this month. We took full advantage. Some days we worked outside, gardening, sealing the driveway, repairing the garage floor, repairing and painting deck railings or draining, repairing and refilling the hot tub. But we also made plenty of time for outdoor enjoyment, by cycling, walking, bird-watching and geocaching.
A year after we opted for aftermarket insoles instead of the flimsy ones that usually come with a pair of new shoes/boots, we’ve racked up more than 15 million steps between the two of us – enough distance to inform a meaningful update to our original review of aftermarket insoles. Plus, Cadence® added a new variation to its line up, and we share our initial thoughts on the new, blue, Low Volume model designed for lower volume footwear. And we share an easy fix for squeaking insoles/orthotics.
I’m curious to see what everyone else did with April’s theme: one person.
When I think about my place in the world, I derive part of my sense of belonging from knowing that any one person – including me – can make a positive difference.