June 14th – We set off from the Canadian border around noon. There was a massive group of us – our group of 10 plus two more thru-hikers – Rolling Thunder and Mike. It was the perfect way to start – brilliant sunny weather, 10 miles of easy trail through meadows of yellow glacier lilies and quaking aspen with glacier-covered rock monoliths towering in the distance. We followed the Belly River, taking a little side trail to Dawn Mist waterfall and then following the trail upward above the falls, arriving at Lake Elizabeth by 4pm. It began to drizzle a bit after dinner but by the evening the clouds had cleared and the lake became a mirror reflecting the mountains above. We couldn’t have asked for a better start!