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Saturday, September 26, 2015

a little hike in a beautiful park




Rocky Mountains in the distance.

We're back home!  We got back at suppertime on Thursday from our visit to our daughter's and her family in Calgary for 2 weeks.  It was a wonderful visit getting to know our little grandsons better, especially the baby who has grown a lot in the last 7 months, and we enjoyed lots of fun times with them.  They are so precious and we miss them so much.

We drove to a beautiful park called Big Hill Springs Provincial Park near Calgary for a lovely hike on the first Saturday morning were there.  It was sunny and really hot but the trails were through a beautiful valley in some hills with forest and pretty waterfalls that kept us cool.  The biggest grands - E and E - who are 5 and 3 had a lot of fun climbing and walking through the trails.  Littlest 'L', who is just 1, was carried by his mum.  

Grampie and the grands climbing rocks. Big E loves to climb and is very agile while middle grand E isn't quite as adventurous and stayed close to Grampie.

A pretty stream flows through this little valley with lots of fall colours in the bushes and poplar trees.



The waterfalls tumbled down and down through the valley and there were several levels of them as the stream spread through the rocks and forest in different spots.  




This rock is so smooth from the water flowing over it.


This was an interesting outcropping of rocky ridge that dropped off on both sides to the stream below.  These mounds of rock are called Tufa. 

These information signs were at the beginning of the trail but we didn't notice them so didn't read them before our hike.  We would have looked more closely at these rock formations for shapes of leaves and twigs.



We stopped for a snack on top of a huge rock outcrop.


This teepee lean-to was built with fallen trees around a still standing tree for support.  


At the end/beginning of the trail the trees are all golden in the hot sun.  There were a lot of people enjoying picnics on this beautiful day.

The beautiful farm land and sky rolling toward the distant mountains on our return.

It was a beautiful outing with our family in a gorgeous setting.  

Thanks for visiting and for your comments on my last posts.  Autumn is well under way here more every day as the days and nights are cooler and the trees are changing colour.  It's going to be a gorgeous colourful fall season I think.  I'll have more photos to share of our trip soon.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Blessings,
Pam

25 comments:

  1. I'm sure you had a fantastic visit Pam, and I bet you are already thinking of the next trip. I know we are after our visit out west. I could hop right back on a plane and go right now :) Our weather has been gorgeous and we've been enjoying so much time outside, cleaning the garden,, walking and just sitting in the sun. We must enjoy it all now because it will be over very soon, though I won't complain if it sticks around for several more weeks.

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  2. so beautiful there. i know you enjoyed time with your little hikers. :)

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  3. Gorgeous photos! I can see why the kids enjoyed it! Beautiful country!

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  4. Gorgeous place to hike and your photos are outstanding.
    I liked the one with the water splashing over the huge rock. I felt I could reach out and touch the water. Lovely photos! I am happy you had some time with your grands, daughter, SIL . . .
    The children are growing up so fast. The baby is already one . . . unbelievable!

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  5. What a gorgeous place this is and you have captured some really wonderful family memories here. I love seeing those far-away mountains in the distance. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  6. What a grand time - glorious photos - great fun with the kiddies - beautiful! Love the stick tipi.

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  7. Visiting the grans is always so nice. We have a new 6week old grand-daughter, but we don't get to see the Rockies when we go visiting!

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  8. How lovely Pam!
    Time flies by so fast !

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  9. I know you had a great time Pam but time sure flies while away, doesn't it? Big Hill Springs Park looks like a nice place for a hike and the kids must have loved having grandma and grandpa along.
    Our fog dissipated early so no problem for me driving to church - nursery duty again for my baby/toddler fix. :-)

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  10. Such a beautiful park, Pamela. I've never been there!

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  11. Wonderful photos and lots of fun . What a pretty place . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  12. Beautiful Pamela! I know you left a piece of your heart there. Special times to remember.

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  13. awesome place...gorgeous shots...I need it to cool off around here so I can go on a hike.

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  14. Absolutely beautiful creeks and water falls!!!!
    2 Weeks wouldn't have been long enough!!!
    Bet your grand kids loved having ya'll there!!

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  15. Great photos, Pamela. The water shots are really lovely. I'm so glad you enjoyed your time in Alberta with your family. Those grands are growing so quickly. Have a good week.

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  16. Oh my! Those grands are growing so fast. What a beautiful park to hike and picnic in. Looking forward to any and all photos you'll share.

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  17. Wow, that's so beautiful, just love the open space of the area and the lovely waterfallsxx

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  18. Calgary is such a gorgeous part of our country - those waterfalls were beautiful and of course you capture everything so perfectly Pamela !
    XOX

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  19. It must have been lovely to see your grandchildren after such a long time!
    Gorgeous landscapes and heart-warming family moments in your photos.
    Have a blessed new week!

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  20. What a beautiful visit you had Pamela. Wonderful to see you children and grandchildren and they live in a beautiful country. you must have enjoyed that very much.
    Have a nice week.

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  21. What a beautiful visit you had Pamela. Wonderful to see you children and grandchildren and they live in a beautiful country. you must have enjoyed that very much.
    Have a nice week.

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  22. A beautiful park is a great place to enjoy the grandkids! And the weather looked perfect!

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  23. This looks like a wonderful hike with so much to see and share with the grandchildren. A great memory maker at this wonderful time of year. Have a wonderful week xx

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  24. Precious photos of your darling little grands, Pamela! I just love those little legs sticking out of their shorts and the hats are just too cute. Looks like a beautiful place to spend time together - love the photos of the waterfalls and scenery. The fields with the hay rolls is wonderful. Here they are all wrapped up in white plastic now. Wonderful for the farmers to keep the hay dry, but not too pretty! Always enjoy your photos. Have a lovely week! xo Karen

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  25. Lovely family walk....
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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