...how magnificent North Molar Pass was today! Before I say anything, I first need to say "Thank You" for the wonderful unexpected gift today. You expect to get gifts on birthdays, at Christmas, graduations etc but the best kind of gift is the gift that is given just because, it comes totally unexpected for no reason, it sits there right before your eyes. You blink a couple of times and look in wonder and then realize My OH My this gift is for me! The gift that I accepted with open arms today was packaged so perfectly and I could hardly wait to open it and admire everything that was at first visibly obvious and then unwrap the hidden treasures.
With the terrible weather in the city and in the mountains yesterday, I didn't know what to expect for today. Being late August, the day light hours are decreasing, the low temperatures get lower and the highs not as high, the windows of opportunity for long summer hikes will now become fewer so one needs to jump at the chance and get out there when presented with an open window. That is just what I did today with three fun friends, on a blue bird day that got up to +20C, with no wind nor mosquitoes nor wind. What a gift!
The first seven or so kilometers from the Mosquito Creek Campground, following the Creek to where the first visibly obvious sights began, went by quickly. The flowing water was where it was suppose to be and did not impede our travel.
Look closely, even the rock in the middle of Mosquito Lake is reflecting.
North Molar Pass sits at the base of the V.
V for Victory for reaching the 3rd highest Pass accessible by hiking in Banff National Park.
North Molar Pass is at 2590 meters.
This was the only snow we encountered which was directly across from our dining spot.
On the return portion through the meadow, we meandered and wandered, taking a little more time to do some unwrapping. I could not pass this view by and needed to get caught up right in the middle of it and discovering when I knelt down that the scene became a photographers dream.
My, what big teeth you have!
After enjoying all the wide open obvious views and unwrapping the hidden treasures, it was time to rock hop back to the trail then carry on with the roughly seven kilometers through the forest along the creek. Just like the trip through here on the way in, on the way out went by just as quickly.
Now do you see why it was important for me to firstly say "Thank You"?
It felt like I was "on top of the world" in the midst of a meadow.
In my opinion, today's gift was priceless.
Once again, Thank You!