★Star Power ★
When your stars align in every which way possible,
you become the recipient of a gift that takes your breath away!
Our plan for today was to reach the summit of "The Onion" which is off the Icefield Parkway above and beyond Bow Hut. We went for the early start from the city, had no traffic to contend with, got to pick a parking spot from a multitude of vacancies, we were first in the freshly cleaned washrooms, shared the trail in with a group of four who quickly disappeared out of sight, and shared the summit with only two others. We experienced ideal weather conditions and were afforded the most amazing scenery, experience and adventure.
our morning view of Bow Lake with The Onion at the left of the glacier near the middle
a calm chilly start
a fireweed frame
At the far end of the lake and across the moraine was a staircase leading up.
We could now see Bow Hut, where the red star is, and that's where we are next aiming for.
I wondered how the heck do we get up there.
I zoomed in on Bow Hut.
We worked our way along the trail, over the creeks and up the other side to where Bow Hut is.
It is up there in the middle.
looking back down at where we were and beginning to become one with the glaciers
The photos do not truly show how gigantically massive the glaciers are.
We reached the wide open expansive top of The Onion and aimed for the summit.
The Wapta Icefield stretched the entire length of the view behind us.
one of my summit shots with Bow Lake below me
my other summit shot with the Wapta Icefield behind me
We made it!
We tried to retrace our steps as best we could for the return trip.
The light was better now for a picture of this tarn which is fed by the melting glacier.
The waterfall is on the left but it looks gentle here, that though was not the case.
on the rocky rough rubble with the glaciers behind us
We were back down to lake level and we just tiredly but gleefully carried on around the lake.
The lighting was beautiful and created perfect photo opportunities.
looking back at the stair case in the middle and the glaciers up above
a look back at The Onion and where we were
it's that rounded mountain in the middle
We had so many creek crossings and on the way back they were all higher. In one section the trail beside the river by a boulder section was now under water. We worked our way in sections through the water then up a bit and scampered through the boulders. Thankfully my boots are still waterproof. When it came down to it though, I didn't really care anymore if my feet got soaked.
one last look back at where we were
Now it was time to just look and move forward and get this done.
To past this bit of time I thought back to our day.
We had a long drive home but I felt it went by quickly. If we had not already talked enough, there was still loads to chat about, food to eat and scenery to admire. Our day played out perfectly and we were each contributors to that success in any way that we had control over. The rest, well, it was star power! Thank you for today!