Today's hike into Rae Glacier was more of a mission for me, in addition to sharing mountain time with my Thursday friends. I had been to Rae Glacier once back on August 9, 2008. Now eleven years later I was curious to see what the glacier looked like. To get there we have to get up that first grunt to get to the ever beautiful Elbow Lake. It was quiet and calm here and the reflection was amazing.
That little red area down below caught my eye.
I love the autumn shades that appear in late summer.
Well there it is!
Up there in the middle towards the right!
That's where we are headed!
The trail follows along side the creek.
I'm still looking behind me.
colorful shrubs amongst the rubble
After eating some of my lunch, I ascended the slope to get a higher up view.
You can see my friends on the lower left still savouring their lunch and the scenery.
My friends found fossils.
taking in the view of Elpoca Mountain before continuing on towards Rae Glacier
Back on August 9, 2008 when we ventured up to Rae Glacier, we actually made an adventure out of it. The Glacier was big enough, long enough and close enough that after lunch a few of us hiked up to a high point and slide down on rain capes and jackets to the bottom. Note the picture here on the left compared to the picture under the collage.
This is Rae Glacier today! A mere fraction of what it was eleven years ago. There would be no hiking up it and sliding down today. I was rather shocked to see how small it was but really I should not be. In another eleven years it will be gone.
Elbow Lake is even more colorful at the end of the day.
Thank you for such a lovely day!