Charlotte and I took this week off work which allowed us to spend more time out on adventure. This past weekend we took a break from adventure and instead got our Pet First Aid Certification. Since we take the pups out sometimes, we thought it would be a good skill to have. We already have our human First Aid Certification so that was covered. We just wanted to make sure we could be as prepared as possible with the pups with us. Needless to say, there was no adventures on the weekend.
This week we also have a heatwave hitting us. It is supposed to be in the high 30's to low 40's for the whole week. So the idea for this week is to head out super early and then siesta during the heat of the day. The plan for Monday was to leave the city at about 6am. That would mean we arrive at Upper Kananaskis Lake at around 8am. Admittedly, we ended up leaving about 630ish. We ended up there around 830 and it took us about 45 minutes to set everything up and pump up our inflatable kayaks.
We ended up being on the water for about 3 and a half to 4 hours following the north shore. The water was incredibly still which was brilliant. The views were spectacular. While we were getting our kayaks inflated and packing up for our time on the water, I did end up forgetting to put some sunscreen on. While following the north shore, after about 45 minutes to an hour we reached on of the two islands we found on our trip. We pulled off onto the beach and took a few minutes to walk around while I put some sunscreen on my legs. While we were on the beach Charlotte found some fresh tracks that were too large to be deer. They may have been a younger moose or an elk. Not wanted to get caught on the beach if there were a moose around, we returned to the kayaks. Following the shoreline of the island we tried to see if we could see anything. I was really hoping for a moose but we never saw anything. We then made our way to the other island we could see but this island had a rocky shore and we could not see any tracks or signs of animals.
By this point things were getting warmer on the water so we decided to make a B-line to the far side of the lake before turning back. The water was very still and there was no wind so the sun started heating things up. Its actually quite amazing how wide the Upper Kananaskis Lake is. While kayaking over the deep part of the lake, I was able to get this great shot of Charlotte. The lake almost looks like an infinity pool and I am a fan of the different shades of blue.
All my pictures on this trip were taking with my phone in a waterproof case. I didn't want to risk losing my main camera.
Eventually we made our way back to the starting point and by that point we were quite hot and tired so we both took a dive into the water to cool off which made my day. It had been a few years since I had last gone for a swim sadly. Leaving my shirt off, we carried the boats onto the shore and packed everything up. Within the amount of time it took us to pack up our Kayaks, I ended up getting burnt on my shoulder. Luckily it wasn't too bad, however the burn on my knees could be seen from space since the glowed so much. They are still radiating enough heat to stave off winter for another month or so.
Really looking forward to going kayaking and swimming again. Its such a great exercise. I was able to get some shots that I am very happy with as well.
Lets see what tomorrow has in store!