the fall was pretty crazy for us (i can refer to fall in past tense now because winter has most definitely arrived in alberta). in between getting ready for upcoming trips, catching up from previous ones, finishing projects, starting new ones, i decided that troy and i should take a weekend day trip to hike grassi lakes to get a little break. in a recent brainstorm about a collaboration with tradlands, i knew this would be the perfect setting to showoff one of their awesome pieces.
if you haven’t heard of tradlands yet, you are seriously missing out! ever since i can remember i have been a bit of a tomboy at heart, and i have always had a little bit of envy towards the guys section when i shop. menswear designs are so awesome sometimes, leaving me wishing they were made to fit women. that’s where tradlands comes in – perfectly filling that void. they make menswear inspired clothing that is tailored to fit women. best. idea. ever.
i absolutely love their story (which you can read all about here) and i knew this was a company i can definitely get behind – especially after trying out their products. given the nature of their pieces, i knew my new shirt would be right at home in the midst of the mountain tops, surrounded by nature and discovery.
a few years back, troy and i had seen a bunch of pictures my friend had posted on her facebook of this amazing, amazing hike she went on and i had to know where it was. she told me about grassi lakes which is in canmore, just over an hour drive for us to the bottom of the trail.
ever since then, for years we’ve talked about driving up there and hiking the trail to the 2 small extremely, turquoise lakes. we’ve heard countless times it’s best to go in the fall when all the trees are turning. so this october, i decided this year was the year – we were doing that hike. i always find so much clarity and inspiration in the mountains and we definitely were in need of a little escape – even if just for a day. troy and i are very outdoorsy people. we would rather spend a day outside than cooped up in the house with nothing to do (although who doesn’t love a good lazy day every now and then). in the years we’ve been together we have learned to make the most out of the small trips we get to take. learning to soak in the fresh air, the views, the moments, and most of all the memories.
the entire hike is about 2 hours when you account for all the picture taking (which i did not take lightly). from the bottom of the trail, there are 2 paths you can take. one is more difficult and one is easier. i was so grateful that troy had done his research before we left and read that the more difficult trail has waterfalls along the way, and the easy one is basically just a uphill gravel path. so you can guess which one we took!
sometimes in the chaos and wild productivity, we forget all that surrounds us – the fresh air, the calmness, the inspiration. from the moment we first hit the trail, all i could focus on was the beauty around me and how dang lucky we are to be an hour away from all of this. being a brand new spot for us, i was anxious to discover what lay ahead on the rugged, rocky terrain.
the sound of waterfalls has got to be one of my favourite sounds ever. as soon as i could hear them getting closer, i knew we were in for a treat. the monumental beauty that nature can create never ceases to amaze me. it’s absolutely breathtaking.
i knew this setting would be the perfect place to sport my new (and very much loved) tradlands shirt. the weather was pretty much perfect for a day hike. not too hot and not too cold, just that right breezy coolness that makes working your way up a mountain not so overwhelming. i love the plaid pattern of the brunswick shirt and it definitely did it’s job keeping me warm when the wind decided to pick up a bit. seriously you guys, this shirt is the perfect mix of comfort and style. it fit in every way and was so comfortable. it felt like one of those shirts you’ve worked for years to break in and get to fit just right, but it was brand new! it has definitely become a staple piece for me and something i feel like i can actually live in. plus it’s a neutral piece so it goes with pretty much everything!
hitting the top of the trail was a major pay off. the more difficult trail was definitely as described. we worked our way up to the top, thinking we should really do hikes like this more often, and soaking in the views. the lakes at the top are indescribable. i’ve seen some pretty turquoise lakes, but these take the cake. the colours are so vibrant, they absolutely command your attention. we were both blown away. photos barely do it justice.
at the end of the second lake there’s a huge rock face with hieroglyphs that attracts a lot of climbers. there was also a few really cool caves you could reach with little effort. i climbed up to one, but didn’t spend long in it – it was kinda creepy in there! i lasted just long enough to snap a photo and then i was out!
after we walked around each lake, we headed back down to the car, this time taking the other trail to see just how much easier it really was. it may have been significantly less trying, but it was still packed full of great mountain views. i am so thrilled that we got to sneak a day out there before the snow hit, and it was definitely an experience i will not forget any time soon!
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