We planned this visit last year when my friend was here and then put the finishing touches on her visit many months back. My friend's wish was to escape the August high humidity and high temperatures of her southern state in favour of enjoying the fresh clean Alberta air, low humidity levels plus witness grand glacier vistas and mountain tops, maybe even summit a peak or two. Those were her hopes & dreams. Well, I have been trained over and over again on how to save the day and have become a pro at it, so it was necessary to put that training to work.
With an unfavourable air quality index due to smoke influx from the wildfires in British Columbia, we opted for a hike that involved less work than originally planned. Chester Lake & The Elephant Rocks would afford us meadows, a lake, and boulders to play on. I had little expectations for grand scenery.
My friend is happy to begin our adventure!
the trail to Chester Lake
My friend was once a climber so disappeared quickly when she spotted the Elephant Rocks.
I then saw her up on top and joined her.
We settled down on a big flat boulder to have our lunch.
attacking the Elephant Rocks
After boulder play, I took out the air lounger and filled it with air. It took a little work.
We realized the lounger had a slow leak. I was not surprised, the past play sessions have been a little on the rough side. We were able to be entertained for an enough amount of time.
It was time to move on down back to Chester Lake.
We took a last look at the bouldery scenery.
Chester Lake looked more inviting to visit now.
We walked around to the far side to enjoy the views from there.
enjoying being at Chester Lake and seeing the surrounding scenery
As we began to leave, they stopped and were watching something.
I just wanted to get as far away as possible, that was the proper thing to do.
I believe this was an exciting experience for my friend. It was for me too but we were a little too close to watch in comfort for any period of time. I would like to say this sighting was the icing on the cake for our day. But, instead due to the smoky conditions, and scenery not all that vivid, I will say it was not quite a cake today but rather a cupcake. There you go, the bear sighting was the icing on the cupcake!