After approaching and climbing Mount Drummond in some interesting weather / conditions, Phil Richards and I were ready for a nice relaxing day amongst the larches in the Skoki area of Lake Louise in Banff National Park. We were hoping for warm weather and sunny conditions but we got a mix of sun and cloud and quite cool temperatures. It turns out that didn't matter, we still had a sublime day. Before heading out to Jones Pass we took 30 minutes to check out the largest of the Red Deer Lakes near camp. A loon was calling from the lake and the beautiful sound echoing off the mountains around our camp made us want to check it out. I'm glad we did! The upper Red Deer Lake is large - much larger than I thought it would be. This would be a great place to relax with a book some day. I'm sure I'll be back. I find it interesting that the Little Pipestone River flows into the lake from the north and the Red Deer River flows out of it. What happened in the middle to change the name?! ;) After admiring the view of Molar Mountain across the lake we reluctantly turned back to camp to begin our exit.
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