Recently, I found myself back in the small Rocky Mountain town we called home for over three years.
In some ways it was entirely surreal to return to a place that now feels so removed from our lives in Vancouver. On the one hand, I found it hard to believe that we survived in such a small community for so long. But on the other hand, it was absolutely fantastic to be amidst the glorious scenery and wonderful friends.
In the four days I spent back in the Rockies, I had an opportunity to do a lot of fun things. But by far, the highlight was going up Bear Lake hike with Jenn and Paul of JJ’s Custom Cakery, and, Cookies, Cupcakes, and Cardio.
Bear Lake is the kind of hike we seldom got to do with the Husband because it requires access to a four wheel drive. To access the trail head you drive about 20 minutes outside the city of Cranbrook, and then take a logging road for what seems like about an hour.
Our journey was particularly slow going this time because the road was in bad shape due to a horrible storm in the area a few months back. In fact, it was so bad that one of the two trails that access Bear Lake was apparently washed out.
Once you access the trailhead, you’ll find the hike clearly marked. The journey to the top is quick but very steep.
The hike up to the lake took us just shy of 1 1/2 hours, although we stopped quite a bit to enjoy the surroundings and do some quick filming for Jenn and Paul’s Youtube Channel.
My guess is that if you pushed yourself you could easily make it up to the top of the hike in about an hour.
Bear Lake is essentially a small alpine lake located in the middle of two mountain peaks – in a bowl of sorts.
That’s why the hike to the lake is so steep – you’re essentially going up the face of the very top of a mountain.
I’m ever so grateful to Jenn and Paul for taking me on this hike! Without them I never would have been able to experience the absolute gorgeousness of Bear Lake.
And I wouldn’t have had so much fun! Case in point: this picture of yours truly cracking-up!
I loved everything about this hike and would love to return again with the Husband!
In fact, my return trip to the Rockies made me realize that we need to make a trip back an annual tradition.
What can I say, I guess I’m not done with those mountain trails just yet!
And just because I like you guys so much – here is the video we filmed! Enjoy!!!
Question: Do you enjoy being on video? I have to admit I avoid posting to many vlogs but I’m tempted to start doing more in the future!