Hiking Portage Pass

Wow.  My girls have turned into quite the little hikers this year!  Portage Pass is known to have one of the most amazing views around and we got to witness it first hand this weekend.  I've been up many times before and the girls and I went part way last year.  This year they made it all the way to the top!  Just for fun, here's what they looked like at the trailhead last summer...

...and here's what they look this this summer.  They've grown a little!

We headed out on Sunday morning with our backpacks stuffed with the necessities: bug spray, bear spray, first aid kit, snacks, water, bags for collecting treasures, notebooks, colored pencils, and cameras.  We stopped frequently.  Sometimes it felt like we stopped ever 3 minutes!  Stacy was really into taking pictures along the way.  You can see all of the pictures she and Kelsey took here.  I let them use my old Canon S3IS and they took a number of decent shots!  We're still working on that whole focusing thing...

We snacked frequently, took a couple of drawing breaks, and Kelsey had to touch any and all water we saw along the way.

This trail is really steep!  Towards the top there are several little ponds.  I love this picture--I love the way it puts in perspective how small we are in comparison to all of the beauty around us!

And then...we were at the summit!  You can see Portage Lake and Portage Glacier on one side, and Passage Canal on the other side.  Amazingness all the way around!

Look, I made it too!  And don't I look *fantastic*!  Photo courtesy of one of the girls.  Anyway, it was a great way to spend a sunny Sunday.  If you somehow didn't get your picture fix during this post, hop on over to Fotki where there are even more pictures!  Hope you had a great weekend too, wherever you are!