Shadow Lake Lodge – Kids In The Backcountry Canadian Rockies

Shadow Lake Lodge – Kids In The Backcountry Canadian Rockies

 

The junior travelling companions persevere with questions but it is obvious the answers do not benefit their trek up Red Earth Creek to Shadow Lake Lodge.

To the under eleven set, hiking uphill into the backcountry of Banff National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains through mosquito infested evergreens on a plus 25 day is feverish and grueling, no matter that their pack is full of Smartie infested gorp and goodies of the same ilk.

Roughly every ten minutes, the inevitable verbal seesaw transgresses interchangeably between How Much and How Far? Seven minutes, three kilometers, two hours, nine kilometers, the response varies and so it volleys back and forth, the children more earnest and the adults seeking diversion. Usually, any response circumvents the tedium of the trail but only for increasingly shorter intervals. The made for adults’ slogan: “it is the journey, not the destination” does not compute in the small world.

Descending upon Shadow Lake Lodge, on the edge of the forest facing Mount Ball, with Shadow Lake tucked under its protective realm, is much anticipated and long overdue. With the older set fatigued by the questions and the kids fed up with the answers, the biggest spread of high tea this side of the British Isles easily lures. Save another day for exploration of the high country surrounds of Shadow Lake Lodge, which beckons more than enough recreation for two active youths – mirrored Haiduk Lake, Shadow Lake bridge (mind your handheld treasures, once dropped, the water below is swift and unforgiving), Gibbon Pass and Twin Lakes, all of which are accessible and beg discovery by young explorers and their intrepid accompanying adults. There are lake shores to plunge feet in, rocks to skip and hundreds of undiscovered mushrooms fringe the trails holding out to be catalogued by exuberant youth seeking points in a new game of seek. The intrigue of poisonous varieties allure little boys – how long it takes to die from one, does touch mean sudden death or slow demise, which ones require only the touch of a lip Juliet style, do the red ones kill fastest, are the grocery store look-a-likes safer? With almost as many query versions as How Long and How Far the adults aren’t ready to go down that path again on this visit.

By each days’ end, adults and children flop into the over comfortable beds (really, straw bedding would satisfy the rawest of muscles at days end with this fresh air mountain experience). Long forgotten are the endless How Far and How Long queries. Luckily for all, hiking has morphed from a chore into a journey. It is becoming less adult all of the time.

 

For more on Shadow Lake Lodge and other backcountry lodges in Banff National Park, see also:

Backcountry Canadian Rockies – Shadow Lake Lodge

Behind The Scenes – Skoki Lodge Kitchen

Skoki Lodge – A Time Honoured Tradition

The Best For Last at Skoki Lodge

 

 

©HeatherSimonds, Reflecting On The Hike To Shadow Lake, Banff National Park, Canada
©HeatherSimonds, Cabin Reflecting After Hiking Around Shadow Lake Lodge, Banff National Park, Canada

 

©HeatherSimonds, Natural Mustache From Evergreen Tree
©HeatherSimonds, Evergreen Tree Moustache

 

©HeatherSimonds, Little Hobo On His Way To Shadow Lake, Banff National Park, Canada
©HeatherSimonds, Little Hobo On His Way To Shadow Lake, Banff National Park, Canada

 

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©HeatherSimonds, Childhood Wonder, near Shadow Lake, Banff National Park, Canada

 

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©HeatherSimonds, Red Earth Creek Trail Surprise

 

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©HeatherSimonds, On Our Way To Shadow Lake Lodge, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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©HeatherSimonds, Leaping His Way To Shadow Lake, Banff National Park, Canada

 

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©HeatherSimonds, Meditating At Haiduk Lake, Banff National Park, Canada

 

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