Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Our Last Day in the Rockies

I hope you all have enjoyed my posts about our trip to the Canadian Rocky Mountains. I have photos from one last mountain hiketo share.

After spending the night at the Miette Hot Springs Resort, we rose early on Day 7 to hike the 5-mile (8-km) Sulphur Skyline Trail, which begins at the Miette Hot Springs parking lot. The first few minutes were easy, but then the climb began, and we quickly realized that this hike was not for the faint of heart.

The trip to the top, an elevation gain of 2,300 feet (700 meters), took about 2.5 hours. I'll admit we had to stop for quite a few water breaks. The last 30 minutes were the most difficult, as the trail became quite steep and rocky. It was a rough journey, but the 360-degree view from the top was beyond incredible.


We spent about 30 minutes up there, eating a snack and soaking in our last day in the mountains.


The top is a gravely plateau, and the view from each side is different.


The trails we hiked on our trip gave us a wonderful "survey" of the Canadian Rockies. We saw a little bit of everything! Jasper National Park and Banff National Park have their own unique views, so we were grateful to be able to tour both.


The Sulphur Skyline Trail was the perfect end to a perfect trip.


And just when we thought the excitement was over, we were treated to one last surprise when we finished the hike. As we rested at the picnic tables near the parking lot and campground, a herd of female bighorn sheep arrived.


There were several other people in the immediate area, but these sheep had no fear. We didn't stalk of feed them, but we enjoyed watching them graze. (All my photos were taken using the zoom on my camera. We did not approach any of the sheep.)



If you look closely in this picture, you'll notice that one of the sheep has her head down, as she has just head-butted another.


Sheep are attracted to salt, so when one discovered a car that was covered in road salt, the rest of the herd rushed over, and they all began licking the car. It was certainly a sight to see. 

Wondering why the sheep are so rough looking? It's because they were in the process of shedding their winter coats.


If you wish to look back at my previous posts, here are all the links.

Canadian Rockies Day 1
Canadian Rockies Day 2
Canadian Rockies Day 3
Canadian Rockies Day 4
      Lake Louise
      Moraine Lake 
Canadian Rockies Day 5
      Icefields Parkway Part 1
      Athabasca Glacier
Canadian Rockies Day 6
     Icefields Parkway Part 2
     Jasper


12 comments:

  1. Anonymous11/15/2017

    The hikers are back!Lol. Awesome, more pictures of wildlife, so sad to see your trip come to a end. Ellie and Mr. Handsome, you have made wonderful memories...Jane

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    1. Lol. I know, I'm sad it's over! Glad you've been enjoying the posts, Jane.

      Ellie

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  2. Anonymous11/15/2017

    Beautiful! Reminded me of the (1972) song "On Top of the World" by the Carpenters. Thanks for sharing the last leg of your journey!

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    1. It's my pleasure! I haven't heard that song, but it sure did feel like we were on top of the world!

      Ellie

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  3. Anonymous11/15/2017

    I have really enjoyed your Banff series of posts. I really like the picture of you with your back to the camera and the one of you and Mr H on the rock. I am impressed with all the hiking you two did. I have been researching the pics of wildflowers you posted but still don't know them all! Thanks for this series of blogs. Eileen

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    1. Thank you, Eileen! We enjoyed experimenting with different camera angles on our trip. I bought a $7 Selfie Stick and it really came in handy.

      Ellie

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  4. I've enjoyed your pictures pof your trip Ellie. I know I said this before but if you ever get over to AZ our family would love to meet you and Mr. Handsome for a meal. I assure you I'm not an obsessed fan. Just a humble wife and mother who loves fellowship.

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    1. Thank you, Regina! I really do appreciate it. I know you're not an obsessed fan. :) Arizona is on our list, so hopefully we can make it there one day. My in-laws went recently and loved it.

      Ellie

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  5. Anonymous11/16/2017

    I think one of the reasons your blog is so enjoyable is that your ability to communicate your "wife" life in such interesting blogs, can either add to or make up for this kind of news from people to people. I really enjoy all of your posts and this one is an obvious highlight! Those thrilling views are exceptional and all of the furry sheep are so fun to see! I'm glad to know you and your H. had a happy time! Thank-you both for sharing your summer vacation story.

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    1. I'm so glad to hear that. Thank you for your kind words. Hope to continue to bring you posts that you enjoy. Thanks for reading. :)

      Ellie

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  6. Ellie, I thoroughly love seeing your amazing photos and reading about your travels to our beautiful Canadian Rockies. I have not had the opportunity to travel there myself, but have family who have.

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl. It's my pleasure. I noticed you said "our" Canadian Rockies. Do you live in Canada?

      Ellie

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