Retirement: World's longest coffee break. travel blog

First larch sighting.

Phil on the trail to Saddleback.

Golden larches and blue sky.

Anenomes gone to seed to form hippies on a stick

Wispy clouds add to the show.

That's the false summit.

Against the sky.

Heading up.

The views just get better.

Looking down the Bow Valley.

The lone larch.

Photographer Philip.

Greeting committee.

Nice spot for lunch.

Dale with the Victoria Glacier in the background.

Don't leave your pack unattended!

Hey lady, which pocket are the cookies in?

Mt. Lefroy, Mt. Victoria and the Victoria Glacier.

Looking down at Lake Louise.

He didn't give up.

Golden larches as far as the eye can see.

Happy to be at 2680m.

Intrepid explorers?

Panorama from the top.

Fall beauty...








Dale enjoys the view.

Back at Saddleback.



Last look at Mt. Temple.

Lake Louise with Mt. Fairview behind. We were at the top!

Canoes on Lake Louise.

Chateau Lake Louise in the background.

The flowers at the Chateau are still lovely!



Last 2 weekends of September are when magic happens in the Rockies and the Larch trees turn golden before losing their needles. There are lots of great places to see them in Banff and Kananaskis but the Lake Louise area has some of the best displays (and also some of the largest crowds). Rather than battle the hoards at Larch Valley, we joined Phil, Alicia and Phil's nephew David for a hike up Mt. Fairview. A great hike at any time of the year because of the spectacular views but very special at this time of year because of the larches. It did not disappoint!

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