July 24, 2018 has much more meaning than just July 24, 2018. I was fortunate to get a spot on the bus up to Lake O'Hara for this day. I had mixed emotions about venturing into here today but wise words from my sister let me know that it was OK to go here today and that I should go ahead with the plan. It has been reaffirmed that you never know what you will be handed in life so you should make the most of each day as you face it. I made sure to appreciate every single second I was at Lake O'Hara today.
My bus was half full, the Warden said the quota for the day had been reached. I gave up trying to figure out their game plan in how all this works. I was on the bus and heading up to this precious place and so very thankful for that. I was off the bus quickly and on my way quickly wanting to capture a first photo.
This was the view as I circumnavigated Lake O'Hara.
Now that's Lake O'Hara far below!
The alpine route is marked with a blue square and two yellow lines in it.
It means for experienced hikers and there are some scrambly spots and mild exposure.
I see 7 lakes!
I numbered them here. There are many more lakes in the area but they are behind the mountains or down in other valleys, or around hidden corners.
That's Lake Oesa peaking out from hehind the boulder and Lefroy at bottom right.
Look up, way up, that's where I was quite awhile back.
I arrived back down at the shoreline of Lake O'Hara.I still had some time to wait for the 4:30 bus. I had no energy left to carry on hiking so went to the waiting area and plunked myself down. This was my view as I waited for the yellow school bus. I was so tired I had a hard time keeping my eyes open. My sister was on my mind and I just wanted to get to Lake Louise Village to get a connection and update. Then I just wanted to get back to my campsite and hang out.
Everyone was leaving the parking lot at the same time probably too just wanting to get home. Wouldn't you know it, a train was poking along the track. The wait was only about 10 minutes but seemed like eternity.
This was a big day in many ways. I am grateful for lots of things in life and paid extra attention to that today. I was comfy and cozy in my sleeping bag in my tent on the early side this evening and once again, slept through the night. Time to head back to the city for a few days before I'm....
"....on the road again! Just can't wait to get on the road again!