Having this kind of breathtaking scenery in our "back yard" is something I love about living this close to the mountains. Growing up in Saskatchewan on the prairies all of my life and eventually moving to High River to settle down with my wife and start a family, this kind of scenery still fascinates me on a daily basis.
These pictures are taken from a hike this summer out to Troll Falls. The hike to Troll Falls itself is very easy, and many bikes and strollers can be found along the path to the initial set of falls. The real beauty comes when you head around the falls pictured here and into the back country a bit. Following the winding river further up the mountain will bring you to 3 more sets of falls that are just as breathtakingly gorgeous as the first, but much more secluded.
As is with nearly every adventure I go on, of course something hilarious had to happen. About half way back down the hike we found an unused can of bear spray in a neoprene sleeve. I carry bear spray in my pack, but Cassie at the time did not (we hike together, one is likely enough). I suggested perhaps we test to make sure its functional prior to taking it along with us; Cassie agreed. It looked like it fell down the ravine from above, likely too far for whomever lost it to worry about retrieving it. I carefully removed the safety and pointed the canister at the ground and away from both of us. After about a half second spray to ensure it worked, I replaced the safety and handed the neoprene sleeve and the canister back to Cassie. Approximately a half second after that, I could hardly breathe and suggested politely that we run away. There was perhaps a breath of wind that day, and among the trees and rock you definitely couldn't feel it. That being said, I'd imagine molecules of bear spray are ridiculously light and felt that this was in fact hurricane force wind as they wafted their way back into my nostrils and throat from where I sprayed on them on the ground.
The rest of the day tasted like pepper, and I will only ever use pepper spray on a bear if absolutely necessary; I wouldn't wish that on anyone or anything!