Heart Creek Trail

Yesterday, I had made plans with my friend Nicole and her puppy Dallas to join my and my pups for a hike. We decided on Heart Creek Trail (check out that site, it’s pretty cool!), just outside of Canmore. It’s a pretty short hike, but it was easy enough for all the doggies and we could sit at the end of the trail for some lunch.

I packed a bunch of snacks for my lunch: BC cherries, red peppers, carrots, pepperoni, cheese, and a Quest bar. I also packed some doggie treats and lots of water.



I have done this hike a couple times before, but yesterday was a lot different than the previous trips because this trail was hit by the big flood from a couple months ago. The start of the trail was the same, but pretty soon the path was covered in river rock and fallen trees. There were a few times that we had to carefully walk over the creek. (Reggie is not a fan of water, so I had to carry him in one arm while holding on to Layla’s leash as she crazily scampered across.)



And there were a ton of log bridges. And by ‘bridges’ I mean 2 logs screwed together and strategically placed over the creek. NOT FUN when trying to cross with two crazy beasts on leashes. There were a couple of almost mishaps!



I obviously didn’t get any photos of the bridges because I value my life and not losing my dogs in the woods.



When we got to the end of the trail (I didn’t think we would be able to get to the end because of all the flood debris) we sat to eat. Layla had a few dunks in the water.



We took our time, so the hike managed to stretch to just about 2 hours. 



Which was enough to tire these two out. Thankfully.



…and the view on the way home.



We all took naps when we got back.

Other happenings from the day:

  • Prior to the hike, I managed to squeeze in a bit of strength training. Lots of lunge variations with gliding discs and some upper body work using 10 lb dumbbells.
  • I bought a Hugh Jass watermelon and cut that sucker up. 1/2 will go towards snacking and the other 1/2 will be frozen for some margaritas (if you want one, come on over!)
  • Chicken fajita wraps for dinner
  • Traditional Hot Yoga class (anyone ever want to come to a class with me?)
  • Discovered Reggie had a broken canine and inquired with the vet how much the extraction would cost. Got the voicemail with the estimate after my 75 minute yoga class and all zen was lost after hearing it would be AT LEAST $850. Oy.
  • Duck Dynasty is back!

How was your hump day? 

Take A Hike

Hi. It’s the start of football season, which means nothing to me. I’ll be starting back up with school in a couple weeks, so I won’t care that Tyler will be stuck in front of the TV. Because I’ll be stuck in front of this computer doing homework. Yuck.

Yesterday, our little family went for a hike on Heart Creek Trail. Me= happy. This is just outside of Canmore, AB- the edge of Banff National Park.


I SO wish this picture was in focus because it’s so great! Ah well, maybe next time.


Of course the pup went in the river at every possible chance. She mostly just lays in it. We ran into another woman with her two dogs who called it “hippo-ing.” I’m stealing the term.



We have to keep her on the leash because she would NEVER come back. Poor Tyler almost got pulled in a few times.


It was a perfect day for a hike. Not a cloud in the sky. But it wasn’t too hot either. As soon as we hit sdahy spots, you could feel the cool breeze. Tyler and I always commented every time we walked through a ‘cold’ patch!


How pretty is that?!


Layla was actually pretty good with posing for all of our photo ops.


Probably because she knew that 2 seconds later, she’d be able to hop back in for a dip. That water is fr-fr-freeezing.



I was usually behind the pack because I was just staring up at the mountains and cliffs. About a month ago, two climbers were found dead after falling about 90 meters into a dry creek bed. We actually saw the spot- there were bouquets of flowers resting at the site. It’s totally erie.



At the end of the trail, I tried using the self-timer for a family shot, but I was the only one with any light- so you can’t really see Tyler or Layla! #fail


Some crazy climbers. We happily walked by. Well, Tyler was pulled by Layla.


There were a lot of ‘bridges’ to cross the winding creek. By bridge, I mean two planks of wood nailed together. Really not a great passage for a dude with a dog on a leash.


“Hey Tyler, hold the dog who is about to jump in the creek and take a picture of me. At the same time.” Bad idea. But great picture!


One last dip before it’s time to head home..


Time to go home!

It was a great day, and Layla slept the entire drive back home.

To recap this past week’s workouts:

  • Monday: 30 minutes of kickboxing, 200 situps, 45 minute walk with Layla
  • Tuesday: 40 minutes of spin, lower body circuits
  • Wednesday: 90 minute walk with Layla, upper body circuits, 200 crunches
  • Thursday: Off
  • Friday: 40 minute run, lower body circuits
  • Saturday: Hike, upper body circuits, 200 stability ball situps
  • Sunday: 30 min cardio (haven’t decided which yet), 30 min total body circuits, 30 min walk

This week was definitely a lot different than my usual week’s worth of exercise. I’m not complaining though- I was feeling a little more run down this week, so I didn’t try to push myself too much. I feel a REALLY good week coming up!

I haven’t been really following the Best Body Bootcamp workouts either because I just wasn’t feeling it. I kind of wanted a break from something that was planned for me. Still, no complaints- even Tyler has been noticing how much more fit I look. Can’t hate that!

Anyone do something fun this weekend?