Since I first visited Smithers in 1997, Amber has promised to take me to Blue Lakes, near Hazelton, BC. It's a 40 minute drive and then a 14 km hike (round trip) to the second lake. This year, our schedule allowed it and we had child care (thanks Judy).
This is the first one.
This is the second one.
The forest flowers were stupendous - here are a few:
Dogwood is BC's official flower, much to the chagrin of Amber who finds them very plain. I like them plenty.
We trudged uphill from the car which made it only half way up the 4 km road to the beginning of the trail. The 5 km hike is great as it climbs through forest, meadow, mountain side, rock slides, across rushing streams, and ferns.
You come upon lake number two all of a sudden and it is at eye level. It was really cold and windy up there, so we huddled behind some spruce and ate our lunch at around 1 pm. About 10 minutes into lunch it began to hail. Lots of hail. We were sopping wet and cold all the way down the mountain. My knees!
So, thanks Amber. I look forward to hiking in Waterton on August 2 with you.