Left just say with daylight getting so short we got to the campground at 11pm and it had been pitch dark since at least 8. On the road we seen foxes, some large badger looking thing, a Moose and plenty of deers. Luckily none were hit. When we arrived it was raining and thankfully I am getting used to setting up in any conditions and usually we don't have the car ;)
I woke up several times to check up on the little one, making sure she wasn't cold. I finally got up around 8 but let her sleep a bit. So much for the 8 trailhead start. After some warm oatmeal and coffee we finally drove to Lake Louise.
Trailhead 11am, looks like we aren't doing Devils thumb. We decided to just see where we would get. On the way I was surprised to hear so many adults tell MJ "don't worry your almost to the teahouse, we know it's not fun"
Why are people so negative, yes she complains sometimes (shes a kid afterall) BUT she wants to be there. Don't say it's no fun.... Jeez
The trail to Lake Agnes was super busy, like 100 people looking at Mirror lake when we stopped. Insane, guess it's that time of the year.
We didn't stop at the teahouse and went straight to the Big beehive. I seriously considered doing Devils Thumb by then but decided to just take it easy and have some fun. We did, lots of pictures, lots of laugh, a few falls and one big cry over a fall but overall all was perfect. What a beautiful time of the year. We enjoyed the beautiful Larch and the hike very much. Even with having it done a bunch of times already.
On the way down I noticed 3 ladies who I thought I had seen on Devils thumb. I had to meet them. We talked a bit, the youngest was 74. And these ladies were in amazing shape, they really gave me hope that I have many years left of enjoying this and that I really want to make sure I stay in shape so I can continue to do these. These 3 were such an inspiration.
We decided to stop at the teahouse as we usually never go. Thankfully it wasn't crowded anymore and we got to have a tea date.
Our day was amazing and now that my girl is in bed already in her cozy sleeping bag, I get to enjoy some alone time by the fire as well as a really yummy glass of wine or 2 or 3.
I woke up at 4 and was surprised at how cold I was, immediately I worried about MJ but soon discovered she was more then warm. She has been sleeping with the MEC Explorer down sleeping bag and I've been really really happy with it. She loves it, it's comfortable, it's pretty (with the sheep pattern) and it's now proven to be very warm.
Once we got up in the morning we took it easy, it was nice not to be in a rush. There was a thick fog and was pretty chilly still. We had a nice fire and a big breakfast. Which half of it got stolen right out of my hands by Mr. Crow. Not impressed! haha
I convince my girl to go up Peyto Lake even with the fog. "But mom we can't see anything in this fog, we won't see the lake" Maybe not, but maybe we will.
We walk past the view point and found a bit of tranquility on a further trail. And then the fog started to lift. Wow. Just wow. I have been there many times but this was truly magical and I wish I could have stayed all day but unfortunately someone has to work to pay for all these adventures and gear! Haha
We ended our trip with a grizzly bear jumping in front of us on the David Thompson and a happy daddy waiting for us at home!