For the second year, we took the boys back to Elbow Lake for a night of actual
backpacking and camping. They absolutely love the fishing, throwing rocks into the lake
and generally spending time without their siblings.


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Here are Rhys and Henry having a party in the back of Alf's truck at the Elbow Lake trailhead.
Because EVERYONE is stuck local this summer, all of the trailheads are basically jammed every day. So,
it took us almost 10 minutes to get a parking spot that wasn't on the highway.


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Henry getting packed up prior to our hike into the campground.


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Henry and Rhys at the trailhead.


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Henry and I at the trailhead.


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Alf (packmule) and Rhys.


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Paul (packmule) and Henry.


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Since Henry's backpack has no hip belt, he found it awkward to wear, so he'd often switch it to a
'front pack' he'd say.


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We made it in 30 minutes this year, half the time from lollygagging with 5 year olds last year.


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This is one of Henry's favourite spots at Elbow Lake, a slope of scree from Elpoca Mountain that he
quite likes climbing up high on.


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The boys are up high here.


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Henry fishing for trout on Elbow Lake.

Fishing with toddlers



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Last year I had found a backpacking 'mac and cheese' that Henry loved. Of course this year, I couldn't find
one so I brought PC white cheddar mac and cheese (butter noodles to Henry) and that was a huge hit.


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Fishing in the early (brisk) morning.

Smashing Elbow Lake with poles



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Gorgeous morning sun on this small outcrop of Mt Rae.


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Still Elbow Lake in the morning light.


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Henry back up in his rock garden enjoying life. I put socks on my Chacos and joined him for a
zip around the scree slope.


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He actually wanted to go quite high for as fearful as he mostly is.


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Morning fishing for trout.


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Fishing in the Elbow River, or more practically launching bobs.


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Not really fishing from the log bridge.


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These two were literally casting bobs all over the shrubbery and then running through the creek
with their shoes on. It was a pretty funny morning for them.


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We had lunch at the Little Highwood Pass picnic site, but couldn't actually find the picnic tables.
So we just walked up the road a bit, found the bear closure, and then chilled here.


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And of course, no backpacking trip would be complete without a visit to 'Ice Cream Junction', also
known as Fortress Junction. These two did really well on this trip and other than the 5 alarm
meltdown later that night for Henry, it was a pretty decent outing.

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