It is possible that my readers are weary with my exploration of yellow and blue, but I continue to pleasure in the connection between the blue sky of Alberta and the brilliant yellow of expansive fields, intense foliage on autumn poplar and the reaching arms of the mountain larch trees.
I enjoyed a beautiful get-away on Saturday early…a hike for a picnic lunch and tea served with a view! I sat at 8,000 ft….350 more in elevation gain to get myself to the Pocaterra Ridge. Next weekend the larch needles will have been stripped bare with the cold mountain winds and the predicted rain, so it was an awesome day to say good-bye to autumn and to welcome the cooler weather. From our location, we could easily view the extentions of this hike up on the south through Grizzly Pass and up to the north to the Pocaterra Ridge and the Little Highwood.
The dancing of the night before and the late night shinanigans to pick up my son from a friend’s home left me oxygen-starved as it was, so at least the Pocaterra Ridge will wait until next season. As I watched hikers negotiate the scree and snow-covered trails that traversed mountain sides to Grizzly Pass…I decided that this will be left for the more-athletic and less-fearful folk. Certainly it may not seem as narrow as what could be viewed from my picnic spot, but for now, it is not on my list of places to see before I die. This makes me smile.