“Just so you know, this won’t be at our usual fast pace,” P. messaged.
No problem. I could use an easier day. He’d listed the trip as Crowfoot Mountain, and from what I could see, it was a long one. Turns out he had only the north peak in mind, not the true summit, which meant we were up on top in three hours. We then had ample time to enjoy the sun for the first of three picnic sessions, make the easy scramble additionally fun, pose for photos with strange rock formations, and in general meander around and play.
We side-tripped to Bow Falls and in a spurt of energy, power-hiked back to the car passing people left and right. I’m sure P. would have run if he didn’t have us in tow, or the Bow Lake path so busy on this gorgeous Saturday.
“Why do we need to go so fast,” L. grumbled. She was visiting from overseas and it was her first scramble. She gestured to the glacial lake impossibly blue in the sun, the waterfall in the distance, the Wapta Icefield glaciers beyond. “Can’t we just enjoy all of this?” 🙂
The day was just what I needed to let my back recover from last week’s 88km ultramarathon run. It was just what I needed to get back with my kind of people and catch up with friends I haven’t seen in a couple years. I should do this kind of day more often.