With epic mountain views like this (of the towering Roche Miette face, and others) how could I not hike to the Devona lookout two weekends in a row? On the Sunday afternoon of May long weekend, my little family and two of our favorite couples hiked the Celestine Lake trail to the Devona lookout. The hike to Celestine Lake is 7 km, plus an extra 2.7 km to the lookout made for a ~19 km day. It's a rather long day hike, with a gradual but constant incline, and the panoramic reward at the lookout is so worth it.
^^ The trail passes one other lake on the way to Celestine, called Princess Lake, which I actually thought was much more scenic. At this point in the trail (~6 km in) Emery needed a diaper change and I realized that I had forgotten to pack any fresh diaps. I'm still embarrassed about the fact that I had overlooked the obvious fact that she couldn't go an entire day (19 km took around 6 hours of hiking time) in one diaper, but am strangely proud of my improvisational skills. The benefit of dressing in layers this day was that my mid-layer long sleeve shirt got wrapped around my babes waist and on we hiked! ^^
^^ Emery did cut her first tooth over May long, but I'm pretty sure all you can see in her mouth in this pic are leaves and granola ^^
^^ with the Colin range behind us, Roche Miette to the left and Pyramid way in the distance to the right, we really had no choice but to snap a group photo at the Devona Lookout. Couldn't get it all in one shot so you'll just have to hike up there and check it out yourselves! (if you do, I forgot my hiking poles up there this weekend and would appreciate their return!) ^^
^^ Husband stopped the car to snap this photo on our way home. The perfect peek coming out of the clouds is Pyramid. The road to the trailhead is wild, both the views and the fact that parts of it are on cliffs edge! ^^
[Adventure GRANDparenting] Devona Lookout
Same hike, 5 days later and 10 degrees hotter! My parents took Emery and I with them to Jasper last weekend. We left Thursday night and my husband met up with us after work on Friday. I was so excited about this new-to-me hike that I wanted to take them up to the lookout as well since they had never been either! With views like this, how could I mind the fact that it was a repeat of the weekend before?
^^ Emery's like, I know the way guys- follow me! ^^
^^ We took a break at Princess Lake (this time with fresh diapers!) and my Dad did something that will change day hikes for me for the rest of my life. We sat down on the bank of the lake and from his pack he pulled out a thermos of hot coffee and a mug! Actually, he was carrying Emery this day so technically they came out of the pack on my back, but anyways it was so worth it. We ate coconut oat cookies (I'll be sharing the recipe soon) and drank hot coffee (creamed and honeyed) and returned to the trail with a spring in our step. ^^
^^ this was something new from the week prior, the trail was COVERED in spider webs! ^^
^^ Grandparenting looks good on my dad! And Emery loved the ride. ^^
^^ Not a bad spot for picnic lunch ^^
^^ Seriously. Her smug little face melts my heart. ^^
We were exhausted by the time we reached the car. Having the sun beating down on you really makes a difference. I'm so thankful that Dad carried the babe for me though (and that my husband did the weekend before)! She's going to be an expert hiker before she can even walk!