Finally my worn out feet had improved enough that I was able to do a short hike in the Elbow Valley last Thursday. Sylvia and Bruce picked me up and we drove to the Elbow Valley Visitor Centre on Highway 66 in Kananaskis Country where we met Maria & Mike. From there we continued west and parked on a high hill at the Timber Harvesting interpretive sign.
I had never hiked the Mustang Hills, but Maria and Mike had told me about them some time ago and I was intrigued. It was also time I got out for some sunshine and exercise. Mike led us up through the forest where we discovered a wide variety of mushrooms of various colours and sizes to a wonderful view of the mountains to the west Although not a designated trail Mike and Maria often hike there when they want a short, but spectacular walk. At the highest meadow we discovered a good place for lunch. While Mike led Sylvia and Bruce to one more hilly meadow Maria and I found two rocky seats. Mine had a big rock for a back rest and a good view, and it was a perfect place to eat lunch. It wasn’t long before the others returned.
Sitting with what felt like my head in the blue sky I was entranced with the puffy white clouds floating across the sky. I guess I’ve spent too much time with my feet up waiting for them to get better so I’d forgotten just how nice those blue skies can be. All in all it was a lovely hike and not too strenuous.
Once back at our cars we decided to top the day off with a visit to Elbow Falls as Sylvia and Bruce had never been there. What an amazing change after the Big Kananaskis Flood of 2013! About half or more of the picnic area had been washed down the river and the whole place was vastly different from what it once was.