My first day in Jasper National Park and I had plans for two different hikes: Sulphur Skyline and Whistler's Mountain. The Angel Glacier hike the day before was a tiny warm-up; this was expected to be a bit tougher. This would also be first calibration of how long I would need for hikes versus what the guide book recommended.
The weather was cooperating too. Blue skies with barely any clouds. The lack of clouds would turn out to have a downside because the sun was intense and trails at higher elevation have nowhere to hide. I packed lots of water though, so at least I was prepared that way.
The feeling of completing the first day is hard to describe. The hikes, mountains, and views - it was even better than I could've imagined. Energized, I was really looking forward to the upcoming trails I picked.