Mark took this photo of me at Lake Louise as I seemed really deep in thought. In reality I was navigating some stones in the lake and was watching my step. That being said I like this photo a lot.
First of all, thanks to Mark for the photo. I generally hate photos of me being taken which is why I am always behind the camera but the problem with being a part of a family of photographers is that they have cameras as well.
Now you will notice the pockets in my shorts being wet. It has just poured and was cold so I put my hands in my pockets. This resulted in them looking like this. You win some, you look like an idiot in others. Thanks to Mark for capturing the essence of what it means to be a dad.
I am off to find my cool, from this photo it looks like I lost it.
We headed out to Lake Louise for the day while in Banff National Park. We got up early from the Johnston Canyon Campground and headed down the Bow Valley Parkway. The plan was to hike up to Lake Agnes Tea House but my ankle was still swollen, I was still running a fever from being taken off the medication for my ankle. We got there in good time and got a good parking spot (Parks Canada staff running the parking lots makes it run very smooth). As we walked up the path to the Tea House, I realized that a combination of rain, a fever, and a messed up ankle, I needed to understand my limits. We’ll head back up there next year.
Before anyone feels sorry for us, did I mention we were still on the shore of Lake Louise? It’s pretty spectacular view and we were about to find out that our fellow tourists were pretty great.
From there we headed down the mountain and stopped at Laggan’s Mountain Bakery and Delicatessen.
Everyone I know that has been to Laggan’s raves about how great it is. You have to see and smell it to believe it. Wendy picked out some Jamaican Patties and got use some of the best pizza I have ever tasted. The bakery is worth the stop if you are even close to Lake Louise.
Well I am at the Cancer Clinic tomorrow for a series of tests. I guess “cancer clinic” and tests says about all it needs to.
The cancer they are testing for is almost “always fatal” according to the literature I have read about it. The good news is that if it is found right away, it can be cured. The bad news is that I am well past “right away”. From what I have been told and read, the symptoms I am showing are consistent with both a type of cancer and this long term infection. In 4% of cases, it is cancer. Since it is a fast acting cancer… well you get the drift. While there is a 1 in 25 chance that I am screwed, there is a 24/25 chance that I will be okay. Of course with it being election season, the margin of error is…
To be blunt, I don’t expect them to find cancer but something is wrong with my ankle and foot that is beyond the infection. I can feel something in my ankle. From what I have read and been told, ankles kind of mutate when they have a bone marrow infection, so it could just be that.
That being said, if they tell me I have cancer in my leg, I’ll be be able to say…. well I don’t know what I am going to say. Nothing witty comes to mind right now. I’ll have a witty line ready for Tuesday.
As for around here, the focus will always be on next summer. Wendy wrote up our plans for 2016, which is to spend about 10 days in a rustic Banff National Park campsite and use it as a basecamp to explore a lot of trails around Lake Louise and Banff. We picked out a 2 person hiking tent for next year and I intend, well hope to use it.
A couple of months ago I was sitting down for beverages with Wendy and some friends when we started talking about some hikes we wanted to take in the Canadian Rockies next year. Scott Theede recommended that I get Don’t Waste Your Time in the Canadian Rockies by Kathy and Craig Copeland which is a self-proclaimed opinionated guide to hiking trails all over the Rockies.
I looked on Amazon and they wanted $400 for it. Indigo wanted over $1000 for it. Fortunately it was just between print runs and I was able to get it from Indigo for about $30.
One of the hikes we want to take is to Berg Lake and Mount Robson (a hike that Scott has taken and posted to Flickr). It is highly recommended in the book. Wendy was chagrined to find out that the hike she wants to take next year to Lake Agnes Tea House is not recommended at all (we will do it anyway as it gives ideas to make it a better trip. That and Wendy really, really wants to have tea in a mountain tea house).
The book arrived in a heavy duty case. Half of the case is full of opinions about which hike to take. The other half is small booklets that offer the technical details on each hike. The idea is that you do your research ahead of time and then carry only the map and details with you. It makes a lot of sense.
So the plan is to hike to Grey Owl’s cabin in June with Wendy and Mark (for his birthday).
In July we are heading to Banff, Lake Louise, and Calgary for a holiday and plan to hike Johnston’s Canyon then.
In the summer of 2016, we are going to camp in Lake Louise for a week at a rustic campground (where there are no showers) in the Bow Valley (grizzly bear country) and take in six day hikes through the Bow Valley with Mark and Oliver. I’ll be honest, this no shower thing is already freaking me out.
In 2017 Oliver will be old enough (he’ll be 9) and we will take a multi-day hike into Berg Lake and Mount Robson (with some time exploring Jasper National Park and the town of Jasper). Hopefully we won’t be wasting much time in the Canadian Rockies (Wendy’s trips to mountain tea houses excluded).
Am pretty excited to explore the rest of the book and the trails in contains in it.