I have owned my backpacking gear for 19 months now, all the while waiting and having faith that my stars would align and a right time would come when I could put it to use and experience a true backpacking adventure. I have hiked, car-camped and snowshoed into an Alpine Hut now it was time to just let life flow onto the next step and that would be to combine the knowledge gained from these three types of adventures into a two day backpacking trip to Floe Lake in Kootenay National Park.
I was both nervous and excited at the trail head. I didn't know what to expect. I do better when I have an idea of what I am in for. Right away the views distracted me from the nervousness and built up the excitement. The fireweed was at its peak in pink!
After viewing the Lake, we went in search of a place to call home for the night.
Our tent pads were surrounded by wild flowers.
After setting up camp, relaxing, having a drink then dinner, we checked out the area.
We found the warden patrol cabin.
A few icebergs were still floating in Floe Lake.
We were in bed early, with plans of getting up to watch the Persieds Meteor Shower. At 2:00 am I checked the sky and it was amazing. I went to each tent to wake up my freinds as they wanted to join me. We stayed out for about 30 minutes and saw the Milky Way light up the sky and meteors shoot by about every minute. How lucky were we that our stars aligned for this magnificant show. I wanted to stay out and watch the show but I wanted to see the sunrise and also be in half decent shape for the 17km hike out in the morning, so I went back to bed for more rest.
I woke like clock work for the sunrise and headed down to the Lake to see what I could see. I caught the beginning of the alpenglow show. The Rockwall looked so pretty showing off its reflection.
As the sun came up it turned The Rockwall golden!
This certainly was a golden moment to capture!
...leaving Floe Lake behind...
...we carried on to Numa Pass...
Once off the Pass, we were into the trees and the views were gone. So we just concentrated on our foot placement on a rough and rooty trail, where scattered trees were down here and there, trails were washed away and the new ones created were deteriorating away. The devastation from rain and snowmelt this season was obvious.
We finally reached the Numa Creek Parking Lot and once I dropped my pack, I jumped for joy! I was glad it was over! I was grateful to have completed my very first true backpacking trip feeling happy and healthy. I had such an absolutely, fun, amazing time it made me feel like I was "on top of the world!"