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Lithia Loop Trail Marathon -- 10 years later

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The start of the race The first trail race we ever ran was the Lithia Loop Trail Marathon in 2011. We were such trail running noobs, we didn't have running vests and thought that 3700 feet over 26 miles was a lot of vert. Despite our inexperience I have fond memories of the race. I do remember the race feeling hard since you covered most of the elevation gain in the first 8 miles and that it snowed for 22 of the 26.2 miles. And when I say snow, I mean snow not just a dusting, my eyelashes had snow sticking to them. I also remember fun aid stations and a glorious downhill single track at the end. And of course Hal gave everyone high-fives as we crossed the finish line. Because we had such an amazing time running Lithia Loop we decided to run all of Wildwood for our birthdays a few weeks later, which is something we have done every year since. We have done a lot of races and adventures in the last 10 years and are a lot more experienced but we are also 10 years older and maybe a wee

The Amazing Canadian Rockies

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Four years ago I bought the Lonely Planet book on Banff and Jasper , but with other trips planned and then covid we never made it. Well in August I decided quit my job and take few months off and with the US & Canadian border I thought it was a perfect time to explore the Canadian Rockies. The nice thing about the Canadian national parks is you can have dogs on the trail (on leash) so we were able to bring Cedar with us.  I have to say I was blown away by the Canadian Rockies, every hike we went on I said was my new favorite hike. We have spent the last decade plus vacationing in the European Alps, which are amazing and I have to say the Canadian Rockies are on par with the Alps.   Below are all the hikes we went on with a brief description and photo highlights. I picked my hikes mainly using Alltrails.com and the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide . I also have to say I found the Moon Canadian Rockies more useful than my original Lonely Planet guide. My full photo dump  of the trip.  H