Retirement: World's longest coffee break. travel blog

Big Horn Sheep on the Minnewanka Road


Johnson Lake

On Silent Pond











Elk below Rundle

Melting at Vermilion


Pussy Willows in Feb

Ice Art


After a nice skate ski at the Nordic Centre, Pam and friend Mary grabbed their other skates and headed out in search of a natural rink. Lake Minnewanka was covered in snow and Johnson lake looked a bit bumpy in addition to being covered in snow but instead of giving up, we decided to go on a quest to find Silent Pond. Years ago we'd been to this pond as part of a volunteer training session but couldn't remember exactly where it was. We followed some animal trails and eventually found it, the perfect spot. It is a small oval shaped pond, surrounded by trees and with wonderful views of Cascade and Rundle. A skiff of snow didn't stop us from putting on our skates and enjoying our own private rink.

Next stop was a stop at Vermilion Lakes to check out more skating possibilities. No luck there as the ice is rapidly disappearing. Definitely feels like spring time in the valley, the pussy willows are even out. But it can't be spring in mid-Feb - can it?!

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