When I arrived at Lake Vivian I wasn't sure if I had made it back on time. I saw Jamie in the distance staring at me with her arms up in the air. Was I in trouble or was she welcoming me back? Fortunately, she was welcoming me back. Jamie's time was much more restful as she got to spend quality time with some mountain goats and a friendly marmot.
We soon departed the beautiful area and made our way back to the Snow Lake camp. While fighting off mosquitos Jamie decided it would be best for her to hike out that day instead of spending another night at high altitude. We packed our gear and made for a rapid decent to our car. Thanks to the wonders of gravity it only took us around four hours to get back to the car. In the end Jamie hiked around 12 miles that day and myself 14. We were tired, but we made it home to spend our third night in our own bed.
So, was the trip worth the long and tiring hike? Most definitely. It was unfortunate that Jamie got sick, but we managed to get the most out of the situation. The ironic part is that we never camped in the Enchantments and thus never used the permit that took us three years to acquire.
Waterfall Between Perfection and Inspiration Lakes
Perfection Lake and Stepping Stones
Looking Back at Perfection Lake
At Inspiration Lake
Lake Vivian, Goodbye Enchantments
July 3-5 2004