This expedition, from September 7th to 10th, gave us three nights and four days there. We were five painters and three spouses tossed in with other random Lake O'Hara enthusiasts staying at the Elizabeth Parker Hut (it holds 24). Joining in last year, for the first time in several, had me realise just how much I missed being there. While Bill has visited the area many times, he has accompanied the "painters" group only occasionally. It was a delight that we were both on the trip this year.
|My one and only plein air painting from this trip. Sargent's Point oil on panel 9" x 12"|
Day one, we arrived to a fair bit of snow ...
|Just off the bus, Bill on the shore of Lake O'Hara shore at Sargent's Point|
That afternoon, as I painted, Bill hiked to McArthur Lake with Dave, Bob and Patti. There, at a higher elevation, they encountered considerably more snow ...
|Bill at McArthur Lake, thanks to Patti Dyment for this photo|
|The snow gradually melted as I painted|
|Meg Nicks, sketching on a rock along side of me, stopped to snap the photo above of me at the easel|
|Another day, Patti Dyment was found tucked under some evergreens painting the classic Sargent's Point view|
|And, on the last day, Jan Chalupnicek and Sharon Williams painted it as well|
Pooling food, we always eat well, exchange stories, laugh and sing together. It doesn't always happen, but on our last night, all the other folks staying at the hut joined us in song facilitating a most memorable hootenanny.
I don't live close to the majority of the group anymore, so being reunited with everyone creates a homecoming feeling that is very special to me. Here is our entire gang enjoying a happy hour ...
|Dave, Bill, myself, Jan, Meg, Bob, Pat, Sharon and Patti|
The WiWaxy Hut comfortably sleeps eight, so we commandeered it for ourselves.
|Meg, Sharon, Pat, Patti and myself having an end-of-the-day hen party on the lower bunk in the WiWaxy Hut|
People wander off solo, or in smaller groups, to hike or paint, but on the one especially dreary morning (with the exception of Jan, who sped ahead and lost the rest of us) we hiked to the Crystal Cave together ...
|Bob, Bill, Dave, Sharon, Patti, myself, Meg and Pat - thanks to Bob Allin for this time exposed shot|
|... and to Meg for this very special one|
It was very cold, the weather was truly uncooperative. The intermittent rain helped to wash the snow away but we didn't see much blue sky or sunshine. Still, when you are in paradise and nature throws you a curve, you just make the best of it.
Bill, and some of the gals, partook of a decadent tea one afternoon in The Lodge, something I've never done before ...
|Pat, Meg and yours truly|
|With Bill and Meg, on day three, I hiked up to and on the Opabin Plateau to enjoy the pools and changing larches|
On the last day, I convinced Bill to hike to Victoria Lake, again, because, you just never know if you're ever "going to pass this way again."