My brain hurt after today's hike from all the wrapping around it felt like it had to do! It was a Somewhat Surreal Saturday. We lived out this day off the Icefield Parkway with a hike up to North Molar Pass then off exploring in the opposite direction in Search of Something Special. I was happy to have along old friends to catch up with and an opportunity to make new friends. We hiked! We explored! We discovered! This day really did happen!
We met at the Mosquito Creek Parking Lot shortly after eight and it was quite chilly, chilly enough that my knees were shaking. I thought I read the high for up where we would venture to was to be about 15 degrees Celsius. I came prepared for that from the waist up. Not long into our hike along The Creek we felt it warm up quickly and were down to short sleeves quite fast. We reached the open Molar Meadow to see it carpeted in wildflowers and also to see our vast bright views would be limited due to that smoke still hanging about. I felt I was needing something to smile about and this did the trick! My mind was elsewhere and I was working at getting with the program but it was a struggle.
For a few this space was new. We took lots of time to admire our surroundings.
reflection in Mosquito Tarn
We worked our way along the meadow, rock hopping the creek to the opposite side.
I looked back again to see the Tarn take on a whole new look
looking down at the trail and my friends
No you are not in Iceland!
You are off the Icefield Parkway!
My destination shot at North Molar Pass.
"Walk like an Egyptian" someone said!
looks like baby Dolomites
looking back and up at where we just were with the lake being down the other side
back at Mosquito Tarn
The water was freezing, my feet became numb, but what I could feel felt fabulous!
While I finally did get my head around all that stuff I thought I saw or I didn't see along the hiking trail, I'm still working at comprehending what happened and what I saw just before we arrived at the trail head parking lot. The few cars ahead of us were slowing, I thought bear sighting and then I did see a black bear walking the middle of the road. A few seconds later I saw a dead baby black bear in the middle of the road and that was the mother black bear circling her baby. It almost looked like the mother black bear was saying come on honey get off the road. Then we realized the mother was in distress not wanting to leave her little one. This was so terrible to see and very upsetting. My emotions let go and I lost it! A few minutes later we arrived at the parking lot and my friend was already there and came right over. She seemed somewhat shocked. I felt for her and felt sorry she had to see a speeding tour bus hit and kill the baby black bear right in front of her and then speed away even faster. Our other friends arrived a few minutes later and they were saddened and shocked too from what they saw. I had a difficult time letting this go and getting on with enjoying our hike. I was able to, to a certain extent, but that image kept popping into my mind. I always appreciate being able to share fun times with friends out in our mountain playground living out our passion. I just wish today got off to a different start! It is what it was and I feel so sorry for that!