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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Illecillewaet Glacier, Glacier National Park, BC

 Illecillewaet Glacier, British Columbia
Little Hikers: Tabs and Pip
Mountain Orb Spider
Meeting of the Glacier Waters
At the Bank of Meeting of the Waters
Finding Glacier Stones: They are Blue When Wet and Turn White When Dry
The Glacier Hikers: Tabs
Me
Mist
Pip
Papa Ganoosh (the girl's name for their dad)
Peter Running Up a Large Rock
Mist
Me
Tabs
Pip


Illecillewaet Glacier, Columbia Mountains, Canada


We decided to go on an early morning hike to the base of Illecillewaet Glacier and the meeting of the waters. We were ready to try and raise our core temperatures after one chilly night in the tent. I'd forgotten how !@#$%! cold it gets at night in the mountains. The hike was wonderous and especially so because the girls just loved it--they were so interested in every moss covered nook and cranny and every magical looking entrance to the forest.
The forest is one of the only interior rain forests in the world. The rain from the coast of the Pacific Ocean and coastal mountains, floats over the dry Okanagan plateau (where I live) and dumps itself onto the Columbia Mountains. The forest is teaming with old growth cedars and hemlocks and lots of deliciously green moss--and a magical, fairy tale forest it is. There are so many hikes to choose from in this rain forest. I am ready to go back again only this time we'll have mummy bags for everyone and toques to boot!

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