NEVER HAVE I EVER!!! I was excited for our adventure up into Ball Pass because this was a new destination for me. All four weather forecast reports that I always check lined up identically so I knew for certain we were in for ideal elements all day long made up of sunshine & double digits. BUT, today I was blatantly reminded of "what I know for sure"! I know for sure that when you go to the mountains go prepared for anything and everything no matter what the forecast. Thankfully I do know that for sure and I did come prepared anyway. So, we geared up in rain at the parking lot to begin our day!
Never have I ever hiked for such a long distance lost in amongst fog and cloud with very, very low visibility! I knew my friend was close behind me but I checked to make sure every now and then. We were thankful for the autumn shades as that was the only cheerful thing along the way.
Every now and then the fog lifted and clouds opened to show off the mountains we knew were there.
(A gigantic THANK YOU to the crew who must have put in many hours of hard work to clear the way for all the hikers.)
peek-a-boo, yes I see you, quickly snap a shot
waterfall along the way
Blue where are you?
We passed through the last meadow and then began a short easy ascent towards Ball Pass.
I am beginning to give up on hope!
at Ball Pass
We scampered over the rocks to a higher point on Ball Pass to have this view. Even though the sun was not out, it was gray & dark & cold, it still was amazing to be here. That is Mount Ball right in front and at the bottom right of it you can see Shadow Lake. To the right of Shadow Lake in the first grassy area is Shadow Lake Lodge. Standing here I could see right across to Gibbon Pass where I have been a few times during larch season.
Shadow Lake Lodge and Cabins
This little larch tree is turning gold.
my summit shot at Ball Pass
thumbs up to success, we made it
sitting on the edge with Isabelle Peak to my left, glacier in the middle and Mount Ball on the right
There were little surprises here and there.
There was one section we came through that was filled with larches.
They were all leaning to the left as we were on the return portion of our hike.
I just tried to fit in with them.
On the hike back we could now clearly see everything we could not on the way in.
We knew there were mountains there and thankful to now see them.
My spirits lifted awhile ago and I was finding lots to love about this day!
We expected this all day but got it right now for about twenty minutes.
back at the Hawk Creek crossing
Me and all my stuff were finally dry by the time we reached the car. With everything we were handed today, we made the best of this adventure. For lots of the time early on it took work to think positive and to keep moving forward. It was each little tease of bright, of blue, of color that gave us hope. At times it felt like that was all we had, hope. Keep the faith, have hope! We did and our day turned around to be a fun adventure in a unique place that left us with the feeling we need to come back here one day!