July 19: Lake Louise

Trip Start Jun 02, 2011
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Trip End Sep 25, 2011


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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The forecast for today was not good, however we did okay because the rain held out until mid afternoon. We got up reasonably early and headed back to Lake Louise to try to complete the hike back up to the 'Plain of 6 Glaciers' and to get the cake at the teahouse.

The hike up to the teahouse was 3.5 miles, and the first 1.5 miles is the same hike that we were on yesterday when the storm blew in.   It was the last 2 miles that was the best part of the hike because we saw a number of cool waterfalls and also areas covered with snow.  It was a steady climb, however everyone was quite engaged in the hike as the glaciers continued to get closer and closer.  We actually saw a small avalanche, which was quite a site because first you see a pile of snow fall, and then about 3 seconds later the sound catches up and you hear the loud rumble, which sounds like thunder.

After about 2 hours we reached the 6 Glacier Plains where we had great views of the Glaciers which surrounded us.   It was really quite a site, and we all found it quite cool to be surrounded by so much snow in the middle of July.  The motivation for the climb for the girls was the promise of chocolate cake at the tea house, so we made it over there.  We ordered 5 pieces of the Chocolate Cake, which turned out to be about 2 pieces too much!!   They were huge, and too much for everyone to eat, with the exception of Emma who finished hers!  We were all curious to find out how they get the food up to this remote location, and also how the staff gets up, and we learned that the food is delivered weekly via helicopter, and the staff stays up there for 5 days at a time, followed by 2 days off.  They walk up and down on their own, which seems like a pretty cool job!

Our hike down was nice, and it started to rain about halfway down. We were prepared with rain ponchos, so it was not an issue for us.   The rain was not nearly as hard as it was yesterday, but rather more of a drizzle.  However, once we got down to the bottom the rain limited what we were able to do since we were not going to start another hike in the rain.

We wound up doing laundry, going to the visitor center, and then going to a Ranger program on bears to fill the time.
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Xiu on

Lake Louise area would have been a beautiful area to "honeymoon" or visit for nature lovers. I could not stop saying how beautiful everything is. Mike had on his Philly's shirt and cap. When we got up to the tea house, we meet 2 couples who were from the Philly area. One of the couples actually lives near the old book store on route 52. The other couple (the husband) really likes the Phillies as well. So, Mike was talking to him about how the Phillies playing. The man also gave Mike some really good tips on how to watch/buy tickets for the Phillies at Spring Training in March of 2012. The world is so big and small at the same time. Despite the hard climb, I really enjoyed the hike.

MOM/GRAMMY on

SUCH BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY! THE PICTURES ARE SPECTACULAR--NATURE AT IT'S BEST HUH?! IT'S NICE TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A SNOW BALL FIGHT AND THEN WALK AWAY FROM THE SNOW ---NOT LIKE IN NJ!!

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