When I went to bed last night, I had my tallies for 2013 all firmed up. Then, when I woke this morning, I could not let the year end without being "out & about" one last time. I quickly got into ship shape and headed out the door. As early as I was, it was not early enough to beat the bus tours to the trail head. I knew though that they would be moving at a touristy pace and I could beat that by a land slide. In no time at all, I was the leader of the pack.
I made my way to the upper falls and watched the first group of ice climbers go about their business.
(I'm sure there is a proper name they use for this.)
see him tucked in there
an overall view
I stopped in again to see their progress on my return trip. I always thought this looked like fun. The ice climbers are a big attraction here. We are so lucky in this part of the country to have access to so many activities to keep us happy during the long, cold winter months.
Still with no tourists or even locals in sight on the trail yet, I went on my way towards the Ink Pots. No foot prints to be seen, it was looking like I was the first. Even at the intersection with Moose Meadows, there were no signs of recent activity since the new snow. The snow began to fall, the closer I got to the Pots. It was such a pretty place to stroll around. Reflections in winter can be had here.
I just want to feel this moment!
It was very peaceful being the only one here. I had the run of the place. There were no distant views to be had today but the close ups sure made up for that. I hiked across the meadow but as I did, the snow got heavier so did an about face and return to the Ink Pots.
my destination shot
I keep looking at this photo in my album. It seems so dark and cold which is so totally opposite to the feeling you feel standing right where I was. I think this could be my favourite photo of the day. It has so much more meaning then just what you see right here!
What a year!
Like I said before, my fire has been ignited…
…and I am so looking forward to 2014!