Deja-vu from my last post of hiking up to Gibbon Pass Peak, "you may want to settle in and get cozy for our story". We experienced yet another fabulous day in our mountain playground, this time exploring on trail throughout Healy Pass, Simpson Pass and up to Sunshine Meadows. I did not intentionally go for the larches, I hoped for blue sky, I am not quite ready for snowfall and cold, my wish was for a touch of snow already on the ground. I wanted a long day of incredible beauty and a fun time with friends. Boy oh boy! What we were afforded exceeded my expectations by a walloping ten-fold! So sounding like a broken record here we go again, "you may want to settle in and get cozy for our story".
At the start it's a long trek in the trees with a few open opportunities so when they presented themselves we took full advantage. We were first on the trail and I like it like that because we get the pristine, perfect, pure experience.
fitting in with the scenery
breaking trail in the new snow
snow collecting on the larch needles
The Monarch and it's Ramparts.
sharing the day with friendly friends
just a taste of the fun to be had with snow
my Healy Pass destination shot
a snow squall with humongous snow flakes
It was into the afternoon and time for another lunch. We opted to dine at Simpson Pass sitting in Alberta and looking at British Columbia which was just a few feet from our feet. As we dined the sky began to clear again and the warmth we felt was wonderful.
The climb out of the valley up to Sunshine Meadows took some time.
It was too pretty to just pass by plus the climb went on and on and on.
at a flat section along our ascent
We arrived up at Sunshine Meadows and the view was outstanding.
larch tree showing off it's shadow
a resting spot just before The Village
The only task we had left was to hike down the road back to the Bourgeau Parking Lot.
Along the way we encountered an opportunity for entertainment.