38, September 19 — A gray, rainy day
Locations: Moraine Lake; Herbert Lake
Miles driven: 109
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I set the alarm for
6:00 and got up at 6:15. I left Herbert Lake at 6:22. This was one of
the warmest mornings of the trip, though still cool enough for a sweatshirt.
The clouds probably held in some of the heat, though there were some patches
of blue out and about. I wish I would've stayed here for some of the previous
nights for quick access to Lake Louise, but I'll know this information
for the next time. I got to the Moraine Lake lot just after 6:38. The
clouds were solid over the Wenkchemna Peaks above the lake which was perfect,
but there was also a bank of clouds off to the east, though they were
above the horizon a bit. Still, I didn't know for sure if the sun would
be able to shine through or if those clouds would get in the way.
I walked to the top
of the rock pile at Moraine and had constant strong gusts of wind, so
it was a good thing it was a bit warmer today, otherwise this really would’ve
been uncomfortable. There was no chance I'd be able to use the 4x5, unless
I wanted to go hang gliding over the lake! Perhaps I should’ve given
this a try! I was treated to some incredibly sweet warm light on the very
tips of the peaks which contrasted beautifully with the otherwise gray
matter. The light lasted for three minutes, after which, everything went
totally gray again. I left Moraine around 8:45 and it sprinkled as I got
back into Lake Louise. I fueled up and refilled my water supply. It was
raining real good at 9:30 as I headed up the Icefields Parkway. So now
it's back to this weather again, but at least the morning wasn’t
a total bust.
I went as far as
just past Mistaya Canyon and figured I'd stay in pullouts throughout the
day. There was a sizeable patch of blue that opened up at 11:45, and one
of the peaks near the Saskatchewan Crossing appeared to have clouds that
were clearing off of it, but nothing further transpired. I took a nice
nap at a pullout here and left at 1:15 figuring I'd just go stay the rest
of the day back at the Herbert Lake picnic area where I stayed last night.
As I made my way back, it was snowing on Bow Summit which had a good ground
cover. A number of days ago, I mentioned in this report that there is
a hidden driveway that should work out for a campsite, but my details
remained sketchy as to where exactly it is, but it lies between the two
Hector Lake pullouts.
At 4:00, it continued
to rain, though the sun was visible through thinner clouds at times. I
was looking over maps for tomorrow as I prepared to head into Idaho for
a big day of driving.
At 6:12, the rain
continued to fall and had stopped only for a minute or two a couple of
times. I hadn't gone to sleep yet for a nap at this point, but just stayed
in the sleeping bag and was thinking about this trip report and how it
would all come together.
At 7:43, it was still
raining, and even heavy at times. I was hoping for one last sunrise where
I wanted to try another hand at Moraine since I wasn’t overly happy
with any of my compositions to this point. If it should be overcast in
the morning, I'd immediately head south.
7:19 AM —
Looking back to the east from the rock pile at Moraine Lake
7:29 AM —
1:40 PM —
Snow at Bow Summit
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