Now that our summer season is coming to an end Jeff and I have been able to take more time to get out and explore. Yesterday our "date day" took us up passed Whistler to the glaciers I had hiked in the snow last year. Jeff had never seen glaciers and it was something that always interested him so it was fun to show him the area.
Driving to the trails we were first mobbed by a rogue gang of farm animals. I am so glad I saw this, they seemed to know where they were going and the sheep trotted along happily beside his buddies and were in no hurry to get out of our way.
The trail is 10K round trip and covers some very steep areas as well as some easier sections. Starting at the bottom I pointed to the glaciers in the distance and explained to Jeff that's where we're heading. He was not impressed when he started to analyze how we were getting from point A to point B.
We ventured off the trail and it soon started it's steep grade towards the middle lake.
To me the hike was beautiful and I was excited when I saw the glaciers getting closer. I pointed it out to Jeff who was not so enthralled with our hike and muttered it was just a mountain with snow. I started to feel bad, he hasn't been out hiking much and I knew this was difficult for him.
Another 20 minutes and we were to the middle lake, the glaciers towering over us, the lake so bright and the trees filled with birds all waiting to hop into your hand and say hi.
Jeff had never had a wild bird sit on his hand before and I loved watching the look on his face as they hopped around waiting to see if he'd give them more of his pecans. One sat in my hand and had a nice discussion with me.
He turned and looked at the lake, his attitude had changed and he thanked me for taking him here. Of all the hikes this was hands down the most beautiful one he had seen and he was so excited to be that close to a glacier. We could have hiked up to them and gotten to the ice fields but I suggested we leave that for now, I knew how difficult the hike would become and I knew he wasn't prepared for it. The look on the face made me so happy, I have never seen him so excited on a hike!
All the way home he talked so excitedly about losing more weight so we could go all the way to the top, about spending a couple of nights in Whistler next year and doing more of the hikes. He's incredible.
Last year I did this hike two weeks later in the year, it looked like this. Amazing what a difference a couple of weeks can make.