My last post stops, at the the point on the Maple Pass Loop, just before we first encountered snow on the path.
We hadn't realized that part of the loop would require us to cross through (and climb up) so much snow.
Thankfully, the weather was lovely.
We were comfor-
tably warm the whole hike.
Flowers were bursting out every-
When we made it to the top of the mountain and could see Lake Ann, and the trail that would take us back out, on the far side of that lake, we were encouraged to keep going and get there.
Eventually, we had walked through so much snow that it stopped being novel and we had had enough of it.
Maybe not too surprisingly in retrospect, but at the time, I hadn't thought about the fact that climbing down mountainsides covered in snow would be more difficult than climbing up them.
There are not photos to go with it but one of our favorite stories from the hike happened at a point where we had lost the trail but felt we needed to climb down a steep area, through some shrub-like trees and snow.
It was so steep that I was crawling on the ground, holding on to the trunks of the trees to keep from sliding down the mountainside, while trying to make my way to more level ground, where I could stand again. Cameron asked, "Are you alright?" I answered, "No. I am falling down a mountain."
Once, I marveled that being up on an unfamiliar mountain, hiking around in the snow, was maybe the craziest thing I had ever done.
What if we had really gotten lost of the weather had turned or someone had gotten hurt. We did encounter a few other brave souls but were on our own up there for the most part.
But in the end, we did not fall.
We made it.
Thanks for the mem-
orable adventure, Love.
This Flickr set has more photos of our trek through the snow.