I was due to go out, head west, go big and then go home! A friend was on the same page as me so we threw around a few ideas then settled on attacking Aylmer Lookout. I referred to my four go-to weather forecast sites and they were all in agreement of it being a bright & cheerful day in the Banff region. It was bright & cheerful all expect for the 54 minutes we spent at the summit. We savoured those 54 minutes and we felt cheerful & bright and thankful for our day.
We got a somewhat early start knowing this place was going to be bustling today. I was surprised how busy the parking lot was already and I believe that is a sign of what this summer will be like out there. Starting out we had the pretty morning shadows.
There's that cheerful & bright forecast!
We spied the fishermen already out in their boats.
I spread out my rain cape which we settled down on to dine. We both fit on it along with all our gear. This is a tick haven and we did every little thing possible to help with the prevention of the transportation of even one tick.
After fueling up, I played around a bit.
I played with perspective. You can figure out how big this heart actually is!
Sometimes I wonder when am I ever going to grow up!
It was cheerful & bright for the last 8 kilometres.
We rounded a corner and there to our right was this herd of mountain sheep.
They stood there showing off their profile. They did not move and they did not turn their heads. My friend said they look majestic and I was in agreement. She counted seven of them and they were all males. When we passed by I looked back and they were beginning to move.
It felt good to have accomplished the distance and elevation today without feeling exhausted considering it has been awhile since I went big. I am grateful for having a day that was cheerful & bright in every way even if at times it was only in our minds!
The summit shot is priceless.ReplyDelete
Great experience to meet such beautiful animals.
24.5 km - definitely a successful day.ReplyDelete
Great images as always.