May 10, 2021 - May 16, 2021
The weather this week was amazing! Finally, the sun came out and the town was beginning to come alive. Also witnessed a rainbow new the end of one of my shifts at the shop (pictured below)!
On May 10, I spent the entire day in Banff. Allow me to elaborate - I biked two hours to Banff, plus another hour (of uphill climb) to get to the Banff Gondola, hiked Sulphur Mountain for two hours, then biked a subsequent two hours back to Canmore. All in a day's work, right?
I look back on that strenuous day as a huge feat. It seems as though I always have to try something at least once, just to say 'I did it'. As accomplished as I feel, I don't think I would ever put myself through such exertion ever again! In total, I clocked in an impressive 70 km when combining both biking and hiking distances.
The Legacy trail takes you from Canmore to Banff and back. It is a paved lane next to the highway with gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains. I am always the slowest cycler on the road! I do not know if it is the gear settings on my bikes, but I swear it took me twice as long to bike the Legacy trail than it should have. One thing that I did manage to pass was a crow that was standing about two meters away from me and it was huge - about a foot in length! I never realized how big crows were until then. Based on my observations, I would say that crows and black-billed magpies are almost equivalent to pigeons back home - except prettier and they do not flock in large groups.
Halfway along the Legacy trail is a gorgeous park with picnic benches overlooking a vast landscape of mountain. I was in need of a quick pit stop and I also took the opportunity to set up my camera take a few pictures of myself in front of the gorgeous view. As promised in Week 2's post, you can catch a glimpse of my beloved Banff shirt, which I purchased after hiking Tunnel Mountain.