Sunday, July 23, 2017

Hike #11--Yamnuska Ridge & CMC Valley Trail

Friday I went with the Elder Advocates to a presentation on human rights for seniors. It was interesting and they did a good job. We will collaborate with the groups that presented the information and I will write about the findings when I get home.
I saw Edward and Marguerite while I was at the meeting and Edward went to the front to speak of the poor funding and lack of interest by all levels of government in seniors' issues resulting in the real work of senors' care being left to groups at the grassroots level and families themselves.
Meanwhile after stuffing myself on the excellent repast put out by the meeting organisers I drove to Calgary for hiking. The hiking we did yesterday nearly did me in. Younger boy sprained his ankle as he was surfing down the rocks. It is all swollen and was iced last night. So no hiking today.
I refused to budge beyond route 1 at Yamnuska but hubby and younger boy went further and hence the injury. At least they didn't do the chains section which I guess they will reserve for another day when I am not with them. The hike took us 5.5 hours which normally only takes 4 hours but it was hard coming down. The poles were essential. I gave one of them to younger boy as he came limping down the mountain.
Beautiful day otherwise. There were fat wands of Indian paintbrush, purple loosestrife (that noxious weed), the swan river daisies, some white flowers that I can't name, trillium, and yellow daisies. No snow but a bit of rain for the dogs on the route to lap at.
We got to the trail at 10:30 am and came down by 4 pm. Happy happy to return to Helva.
Yamnuska Ridge & CMC Valley Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Bighorn No 8, Alberta, Canada that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and…

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