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Larch Valley

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999 Days Around Africa: The Road Chose Me

Another weekend in summer = another hike.

A whole crew of us packed up and headed out to Larch Valley. This is a really popular hike just near Lake Louise. A Larch is a tree that looks like a pine tree (has needles) but it’s deciduous, so in the fall the colours are amazing.

There were a lot of people on the trail, but that made the event all the more social. We all were amazed upon seeing our first Larch, only to see more and more until they were every single tree. Once we’d made the valley we had to hike the last bit up to the pass. Lots of vertical here, but well worth it. One of the slopes on the far side was avalanching every few minutes. We could see the snow slide long before we got the very loud deep rumble. Impressive. I also got to grab the first fresh snow of the season – a very very thin dusting sitting in the shade. All of us were amazed at the number of children less than 5 or so on the trail – they were all loving it, just like we were.

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