It had been a long time since we shared smiles & laughs, drinks & meals, walks & talks. Thirty years later and we would be having the opportunity to share days filled with fun times again. I counted down the days, I put hiking plans in place and I watched the weather hoping for it to be ideal for my friends visiting from Georgia and South Carolina. I also paid attention to the smoke index due to the recent fires in British Columbia and Kootenay National Park. I wanted the best for my friends.
I was happy they were game to start off with a bang! We picked Mount St Piran as our first destination. We left Calgary with hopes of leaving any smoke behind and having a clear sky in the Lake Louise area. We were blessed with ideal everything. When I pointed to where we were going there was not a whole lot of words spoken but I did hear one whisper "dang". I hoped that meant something good!
Lake Louise presenting its best!
crossing the bridge along the way
reaching above tree line where the views begin
freinds rebonding on the trail
view from the summit
glaciers & mountain peaks
our dining spot
After lunch we still had some silliness to expend. We enjoyed owning the summit and took all the time we felt worthy of investing on Mount St Piran. It was here that I learned about summit planking. I gave it a try and I have added it to my options of summit celebration styles.
After a good hour we packed up and made our decent off the mountain.
We stopped by to visit Lake Agnes before heading back down to Lake Louise then hitting the highway to home. I was so pleased with how today played out and was thankful for the weather so my friends could have a great introduction to this mountain playground. Although I have hiked up Piran a few times today felt like new all over again as I was seeing this place through their eyes. I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to renew our friendship and to make new friends. We created wonderful memories today!