I sketched out a scenario in my mind once my friend suggested hiking to the summit of Mount Allan. How I envisioned what my final sketch would look like, I was then on board real quick to make it a reality. The wishful scenario was a quiet summit experience where I could be one with the mountain and be able to take many minutes to "remember to breathe"! What did we get, well grab your morning coffee and breakfast settle in and come along for the journey.
our destination came into view
it's the top of the brown mountain on the right
That's Mount Allan!
We reached the Olympic Summit and made this a stop to rest a bit and devour some fuel. We still have loads of work to do to reach the top of the brown mountain on the right. We discussed the crazy wild wind and wondered how that would impact us on the final trail to the summit and being on the summit too. We had a idea in place on how we may deal with that.
view between the boulders at the rock garden
pinnacles at the rock garden
We made it!
After capturing our summit experience, we hiked down slope a short distance to settled into a sheltered spot to dine. This was our view while we dined. We had our mats to sit upon and had a rock slab section behind us so we stretched out, laid back and just took it all in, both the views and our food.
view down to the Jubilee Tarns
After a lengthy lunch break we packed up and headed back on up to the summit.
I captured this photo before we began the ascent. That's the Bow Valley down below me.
some of the wildflowers along the route
looking down at the rock garden to where we are now headed
not being in a rush we took a little time for pinnacle play
We came prepared today for many weather forecasts. What transpired exceeded our expectations and lots of gear could have been left at home but from experience we went ready for whatever. This was truly such a fun and wonderful day. My friend expressed that she was in the moment for every moment of today's journey, well words similar to that but with the same meaning. I then realized that I was too and the journey was experienced in a whole new light.