Given that it was now past 4pm we knew we couldn't stay too long and our shadows were lengthening as we started downhill. Tired legs carried us onwards but without too much haste as we enjoyed the autumnal feel of the valley that was so still and quiet (we'd only seen 3 other hikers all day). Then we got a special treat as we neared 2000m and found a Chamois mother and 3 young grazing on the path ahead. They didn't seem bothered by us very much and even posed long enough for us to get some great images of them close up.
Arriving back at Homer just after 7pm we'd been gone for close to 8 hours in total, although photographing Chamois accounted for part of that, but it had been a spectacular hike at a brilliant time of year where the cooling weather had been more than compensated for by the peace and tranquillity of the park in it's autumn glory.