The Storm Ends!
I was out for a short backpacking weekend in Tonquin Valley at the end of August. Day one was a hard climb through Maccarib Pass. Day two was snow. And lots of snow. It was supposed to be a relatively easy hike to Surprise Point - but six inches of heavy wet snow made the bogs more boggy and the mud more muddy! Everyhing was cold and wet! Towards the end of day two, the clouds cleared and the night was an absolutely clear sky. Here the clouds are just clearing from the Ramparts on Amethyst Lake.
I came back from this trip to the Tonquin Valley with many photos of the Ramparts. They are a Rocky Mountain icon and are the natural draw of the valley. I found this one several months after coming back, unprocessed and discarded. Not a sunset, not a sunrise and not even a clear view of the peaks. But looking at it now, it makes me recall just how quickly a snowy stormy day turned into sunshine. Arriving at Surprise Point, and throughout the day's hike, I couldn't see any mountains. I could barely see a hundred metres ahead of me. Crossing the bogs along Amethyst Lake, I couldn't even see the trail markers! But upon arriving at Surprise point, the weahter cleared up. There was even enough sun and warmth to dry clothes which were soaked with the snow! Not quite enough warmth to fully warm my feet! There was a tempatation to head back out through Maccarib Pass that morning. But that wouldn't be any fun to come all this way and not see the fully valley. The snow just made the day more memorable and proud of the preserverence to get through the day!
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