September is one of our favourite months to get out and about in Alberta. We absorbed doses of Vitamin N(ature) at a concert in the park, on hiking and biking trails and on our usual active transportation walks to pick up groceries, stop at the library, etc.
The Helen Lake trail is an awesome wildflower season hike. With a relatively modest elevation gain of just under 600 meters from trailhead to lake shore, a long stretch of trail also offers expansive views of Dolomite Peak and several unnamed ridges, peaks and three glaciers. Upon reaching the scenic highlight that is Helen Lake, there are a few options to extend the day, including hiking to the Cirque Peak or a nice ridge walk above the lake.
Despite the need to make progress on some stalled projects, we made time for fun as the seasons transitioned from spring to summer. We got out and about biking, hiking, birding and geocaching, to name just a few. How about you?
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.