The theme for this month's photo blogging challenge is actually Photographer's Choice. With our oldest son at university for spring semester and our youngest son away at SHAD for 27 days, this was our first time being empty nesters for longer than a few days at a stretch. We opted to enjoy much of our time being out and about, hiking, biking and exploring in Canmore, Banff and Kananaskis Country. The obvious choice for this month's post was to showcase highlights from our empty nester trial period.
Tag: Citadel Pass
Hiking Banff National Park – Sunshine Village to Citadel Pass
We first hiked to Citadel Pass in 2009. After seven years, two things prompted us to return: first, there's summer weekend gondola service to Sunshine Village; and second, the moderate elevation gain is something I can handle even with a torn ACL. Our late July timing was ideal. The wildflowers were fantastic! We also spotted a male Mountain Bluebird and enjoyed the company of countless Columbian Ground Squirrels. For more than half the day we enjoyed blue skies which meant great long distance viewing of the cone of Mt. Assiniboine - something cloaked by forest fire smoke during our 2009 exploration of this trail.
Hiking Banff National Park – Citadel Pass
When selecting a trail for hiking, we frequently refer to guidebooks written by Craig and Kathy Copeland. In the past, we've most frequently referred to Where Locals Hike in the Canadian Rockies, which highlights 55 premier trails in Kananskis Country and the Canmore area. We've had a copy of Don't Waste Your Time in …