In late April, just a couple weeks after our first two hikes of 2012, K’s heel injury flared up again. Through May and June he suspended his taekwondo training and his teachers agreed to modified (low- to no-impact) phys-ed and DPA (daily physical activity). Meanwhile, we had to wait 5 weeks to see our family doctor to get a referral to a sports physician. From there, things moved relatively quickly and with a proper diagnosis in hand, he’s now undergoing physiotherapy. On Thursday, his physiotherapist suggested he start doing more weight-bearing activity, including more walking and even some light hiking.
We did a 6 km walk on the pathways in Canmore later in the day on Thursday and his heel came through just fine. So today, we drove to the Wind Valley Day Use Parking lot with plans to walk into the Wind Valley, with a detour to see the remnants of a once-impressive hoodoo. What is it they say about the best laid plans?
Maybe 10 or 15 minutes into our planned walk, I happened to mention that one of the specified locations for GC43F3 – Brass Cap Cache (one of our all-time favourite geocaches – a grandfathered, multi-location virtual cache) was up on Wind Ridge, which we’d be able to see from Wind Valley. That was the only prompting Mr. GeoK needed to talk the rest of us into tackling Wind Ridge instead of making the leisurely walk into Wind Valley.
I hadn’t really done any research on Wind Ridge, as I figured it would be “too much, too soon” for K’s heel. So we didn’t really know what we were getting ourselves into! Four hours later, after covering a total distance of 14 km with 800 meters elevation gain, we’d logged 3 geocaches, spotted a few dozen different types of wildflowers, enjoyed spectacular scenery (including some of the Monarch butterflies that are currently in the area) and said “hello” or “hi” to approximately 50 hikers slowly making their way up to Wind Ridge.
Here are some of the highlights from our half day…
The next few shots were taken near BCP484 Wind Ridge and GC2E1M8 Learning to Fly. We were #8 to sign the logbook for “Learning to Fly” and it’s from this geocache write-up that we learned that portions of the video for Pink Floyd’s “Learning to Fly” were filmed on Wind Ridge!
And here’s a final view of Wind Ridge, taken during my 800 meter (return) side trip to find GC78DE Wind Valley, a cache placed almost 10 years ago (in August 2002) and found only 25 times to-date.