This blog post is written by our editor Bob Harris.
My wife, Karen was able to get away from her business at lunch on Friday, so we made it to the Sunshine base parking lot by 3:30. The Sunshine staff at check in were very friendly and helpful, especially our driver Emanuel. Your front desk staff (Karam) greeted us warmly and before we knew it, we were in Room 110 along with our bags. One of the nice features of this room is the direct access to the Standish & Strawberry Chairlifts. But we thoroughly enjoyed the sunrises, too (see picture below).
We decided to stretch our legs on Friday before dinner, so we hiked up the trail towards Rock Island Lake to the Lookout just past the Continental Divide. We learned on Saturday, when we repeated the hike just how close we were to Rock Island. It was a beautiful day on Saturday. The skies were clear, as were all 3 alpine lakes. I think we managed to hike every foot of marked trail at Sunshine Meadows on Saturday, and took lots of pics as well as a short video clip of the 2 new friends (picas) we made that day. It may have been the perfect weekend to explore the Meadows. We weren’t lone, but there weren’t crowds, either. And the larch were turning a spectacular golden yellow.
Thoroughly enjoyed the food selection and service in their restaurant. Nick stood out as an excellent server, and although I tried to finish the full rack of pork chops that I ordered on Friday evening, and the meat fell from the bones, my eyes were bigger than my stomach.
On the drive back down the hill on Sunday at about noon, Karen & I agreed that we felt quite refreshed and would love to return next year and bring along a couple with whom we do a lot of hiking.