Swing your gaze west and north along the Rocky Mountain Front and you can pick out the Waterton Lakes National Park valley, the drainages of Cottonwood, Dungarvan, Drywood and Yarrow Creeks and, if you roll ahead just a little further past the last rise of the hills, the Livingstone Range and the Crowsnest Pass.
Below you spreads out ranch and farm land with barely a tree to block the view. On this morning the wind was nearly calm but on most days the outflow from the mountain heights to the west sweeps across this open plain unimpeded by foothills. This is where the prairie runs straight into the mountains so abruptly you can almost hear the collision.
Though the collision on this day would have been muffled by all the snow. Here along Blue Trail there was plenty but I could see off toward the mountains that there was much more. Not a surprise with all the snowfall warnings of the previous week but it’s been a long time since I’ve seen that much snow on the ground down here.