A Summer of Mountains
As autumn descends on the mountains and the temperatures drop to zero, it's time to head South and reflect on what an amazing summer we've had. Climbing, hiking and scrambling in the Canadian Rockies, Kananaskis and Kootenays; bear, bison and wolf watching in Yellowstone and getting alpine in Grand Teton. We've headed into the backcountry for a few days with Matt, Jess and Hannah near Bozeman and found a bit of time to relax by lakes, hang out in a hammock and sleep in a real bed at Mary's ranch.
At times the mountains have defeated us by being too snowy, the rock too crumbly, my legs too tired, the walk-in too long or the mountain just too bloody high!
But standing on that summit, that ridgeline or by that lake looking across at the rows of mountains standing to attention proudly reaching up into the clouds in never ending ranks, the sweat and aching muscles have been well worth the effort and we have been rewarded with spectacular views, incredible memories, thousands of photos to sort through and bore our families with and a million laughs and smiles.
Unfortunately we were smoked out of Waterton and Glacier National Parks by the wildfires which hastened our journey south, but it's always good to leave something for the next time we visit….!