The summer is almost over and I had promised a certain little girl she would get to do an "over-nighter" with her dad, and some place real, not in the backyard again. I was originally going to take her to Strike for obvious (elevation) reasons, but I know how tough this kid is, and wanted to make it special. A place we could both experience for the first time. Joffre.
We left Sunday morning and arrived at the TH about noon. Here is Half-Pint at the start of the trip. (Note:She is a "Little House" junkie and has chosen "Half-Pint" for her CT name.)
If you ever get to meet this kid on the trail, you will love her. She has such a joyful spirit that even when she is cold and wet, she smiles.
"Look how cold my hands are, dad"
I gained a great deal of wisdom on this trip in regards to hiking with a pint sized pal, specifically with respect to outfitting them and increasing their comfort level, thereby increasing the likelihood of a successful trip. (I met ChuckU and received valuable snippet of info. Thanks!)
I let Half-Pint set the pace, but still coaxed her on as a dad will do. We arrived at Upper Joffre just as the rain stopped. (Cue Vienna Boys Choir..."Hallelujah...")
We quickly set up the tent, and I made hot chocolate while Half-Pint changed into dry clothes and warmed up in her sleeping bag.
This pic is for Granticulas.
While eating our dinner we heard and saw a chunk o'glacier crash and thunder down the mountain. Very cool. After dinner we were invited to join our neighbours and their dog "Reeka". Half-Pint seems to always make friends where ever she goes.
We crawled into our tent around 8:30 for an old-fashioned, butt kicking game of "Go Fish". (I got my butt kicked.) After that, I was hoping we could talk for a while, but she was fast asleep.(Here's where you go "aahh")
(Side note: I decided to try a beeswax candle in my lantern this trip 'cause they apparently burn slower. Lit it around 8:30 pm, was still burning at 9:30 am. The extra warmth seems to have kept the condensation down considering the cooler night-time temps. Fresh snow on the mountain.)
Awoke to beautiful Sunshine! [8D](Sing with me..."It's gonna be a bright, bright, bright...sun-shiny daaay!)
Time to begin the hike out. After all, you've got school tomorrow. (Cue Vincent Price doing evil, evil, laugh.)
Note the "Zip-Lock" gaiters.
On the way out we met people from India, UK, Aussieland, Netherlands (whoo-hoo), Japan, Germany, and even Canada. Popular place on a sunny day.
Half-Pint checking out a "Grizzly Den"[:0]
This picture is open to interpretation.
Do Whiskey Jacks qualify as "Wildlife" of merely "Friends of the Little"?
Couple more Half-Pint shots.
One of the best views from an out-house.
Despite the lack of proper gear and wet weather the first day, she did GREAT! I was so proud of not only her tenacity, but her attitude. She was not going to accept any part of this trip as negative. I don't think I could have had a better hiking buddy. She is soooo looking forward to the next trip. (The seed has been planted.)
Oh, and Mick...this one's just for you!
Animals are my friends...and my friends taste good barbequed!