Dear Reader (2020-08-11),
Today is day 2 of my 3 day camping trip to the Icefields Parkway.
Wednesday July 29 – Wilcox Pass and Lookout < 12 km – Out and Back
Last night’s supper was freeze dried what’s it. I added too much water. Even after boiling off some of the water I was still left with something that had the sole benefit of providing calories. It had been 4 years since the last time I slept in a tent. Though the 1 inch thick thermarest was not horrible, I have decided to make a concession to my body. I will have an air mattress for my next camping trip (which by the way is coming up).
The day starts early. In true camping fashion, I seem to easily make the transition to a time perspective that is even more distant than COVID time, let’s call it “just being” time. This morning’s breakfast with fresh coffee is so much better than last night’s meal (?). After putting everything away, I drive north for less than hour just past Sunwapta Pass to the Wilcox Pass trailhead. I manage to squeeze the truck into the penultimate parking spot.
There is a short introduction before the ascent begins. Initially the walk is through an old dry forest where some of the trees are thought to be over 400 hundred years old. As I climb there are the viewpoints, and even one with a couple of red chairs, that provide west looking vistas across the valley to the Colombia Icefields. The trail starts high and it doesn’t seem to take long before I am well above the treeline, in a land, that looks like how I imagine Mongolia. The sense of space is immense, and I have absolutely no sense of scale. My jaw drops.
Today’s collection finishes with 5 images called “Other Hikers”.
As always your comments are sought and welcomed. Please come back this weekend for the third of 3 walks along the Icefields Parkway.
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