I’m lying down, face up, on the rocky shore of a remote alpine lake. Nearby I hear the sound of water falling 1,500 feet into the cold, turquoise, lake . For now the sun is warm, the breeze is welcome, and I believe I have found heaven on earth.
|My first view of Lake Francis|
Earlier the same day our guide lead us a short distance to the top of Rainbow Falls on the Waterton River. Not too bad...its more of a cascade then a waterfall but if rainbow falls existed in Texas...no doubt a state park would be built around it. As for Glacier...it is hardly a waterfall at all.
Standing at the top of Rainbow falls I wonder if I would see any more waterfalls on this trip? I ask our guide about future waterfall viewing opportunities. All he says is “just wait until you get to camp tonight.” I can’t wait...lets get moving.
|Hiking up to Francis Lake|
|Our Guide next to a huge Western Hemlock|
|Some unknown (to me) flowers that my wife really liked|
|Coming up on Lake Janet|
|Lake Janet with some Fireweed in the Foreground|
Its another 100 feet decent, at least, to the Lake...mosquitos following us the whole way. We pass through some high brush before rounding the corner to our first good view of the lake. A small breeze picks up and is just enough to drive the mosquitos away. I can’t believe my eyes....Lake Francis is beautiful. Everything combined made it the perfect pay off. Tired from the hike...annoyed by the mosquitos...the day cooling off enough to make the direct sun pleasant. Everything came together in a single beautiful moment. I lay on the beach with my wife. We both agree...this is heaven on earth.
|Lake Francis and Dixon Falls. This picture doesn't even begin to do it Justice|
|The Top of Dixon Falls fed by Dixon Glacier|
|My wife and I at Lake Francis|
|Laying in the Sun on the shore of Lake Francis|
Start: Goat Haunt Ranger Station
Stopping point: Lake Francis
Starting Elevation 4199 feet
Ending Elevation: 5384 feet
Elevation Change: 1185 feet
Distance on Day Two 6.3 Miles
|Our Path on Day Two|
|Day Two Elevation Profile|
|Our Trip over the 5 Days. Blue = Day One, Red = Day Two, Yellow = Day Three, Green = Day Four and Five|
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