It was another wonderful day in the mountains yesterday. Ptarmigan Cirque Trail was closed due to the usual bear activity so we adjusted our intended destination to Elbow Lake Trail which was just fine and enjoyed the amazing wild flowers. Six of us meandered up this heart-stopper trail. I was trying to find where the old horse trail used to cross today’s trail, but I assume nobody uses it any more as I could not detect any evidence of it. I used to take that old trail on my way back down and reminisce about Lizzie Rummel and her sisters with their families riding from Millarville to the Kananaskis Lakes in the 1930s for their summer holiday. (See my book My Valley the Kananaskis, Chapter Six.) Lizzie always came alive for me when I walked this old trail.
There were several people fishing at the lake, but we continued past the lake and had the pleasure of chatting to two cowboys and a cowgirl and their pack horse from Fernie who were on their way out after camping at Tombstone equestrian campground.
We did not go far as two in our group had to be back home early. Thanks to Wayne for the group photo, minus him, of course. (Double click to enlarge the photos) The flower photos are Fireweed and Fleabane.