Monday, August 11, 2008

Hi Ho, Hi Ho....

Our weekend in the wilderness presented us with challenges that tested (mostly) our attitudes! And I should just say now, this group of novices rolled with the punches, and rose to the occasion at every turn! We got a late start to a new trail...two things that I don't feel go well together. However, the group consensus was to push on to the first planned camp site, despite the steep terrain and slowly setting sun. We got to camp close to 8pm and managed to get tents up, water pumped, dinner eaten, fire started, bear bags hung and ourselves tucked in by 10ish.



The lake was gorgeous. There were only two other groups of campers that we saw, one that arrived shortly before us and another that hiked in later. That evening, Sara and I started out without the rainfly on in hopes of getting a glimpse of the Perseid's but waking to a rain shower launched putting on the rainfly.


The following morning, we woke, made a fire, had breakfast, refilled our water bottles and packed up at a leisurely pace. We got our boots on the trail around 10am. We voted to just head to the next site, instead of taking a side trip up to a fire-lookout, so we could enjoy a bit more time in camp and a leisurely pace.


The hike was beautiful. Wildflowers were everywhere and the micro-climate seemed to change at every bend in the trail, offering up new flowers, trees and views. We lost the trail once...apparently, not uncommon coming from the direction we came from...but Sara is excellent with the compass and I rock the topo map, so between us, we found the trail within about 10 feet from where we realized we had been following a game trail. We made it to the next trail at around 4:30 with plenty of time to set stuff up. No neighbors at this lake, just our group.




We thought we were going to have some time for games and stories around the campfire...but this is what was moving in...


And about 8pm it broke loose. We scurried to our tents with the idea of reconvening at the fire when it stopped. When it finally did let up after over an inch of rain at 4:30 am, nobody was getting out of their bags. J woke up in a puddle, fortunately she and E could share a bag, so no one got cold. V was on an dry island, thanks to her sleeping pad and Sara and I had a puddle underneath our sleeping pads...but for the most part, everyone was dryish and warm, with dry things to change into available and no one complained...see what I mean about being troopers?

We dried things out by the fire, wiped tents off, got ourselves some coffee and breakfast, took care of personal business and headed out for the hike down. It promised to be a steep hike, but the views were gorgeous and we were able to snack lightly on huckleberries along the way.


We got down to the care by noon and headed into Roslyn (where they filmed Northern Exposure) for lunch at The Brick. My hamburger had grilled onions, fresh onions, blue cheese, tomato, lettuce, pickles and I asked for a side of bacon to go along with it....an amazing end to a fabulous weekend out! (update: All photos are posted here)

7 comments:

Amanda said...

Well that looks like it was a ton of fun!

Syd said...

Gorgeous! I'd love to try that sometime.

SassyFemme said...

That scenery was ALMOST enough to make me want to go camping. I'd love to do the hikes, just with a nice hotel at the end of the day. Beautiful country, beautiful pictures.

Jen said...

It was even more fun than I made it out to be on the blog... Its hard to relay all the little things that make adventures a pleasure.

Hm...I can see a blogger backpacking expedition in the future

sageweb said...

That looked amazing! How awesome. Glad you had a great time.

greymatters said...

God, what gorgeous country. I am so jealous of your great time. Like Sage said, "HOW AWESOME!".

Jen said...

sw - You're from around here...I bet you've seen much of this before too. Its always gorgeous!

GM - Didn't you just get back from camping too? Is that first on your list of things to blog about upon your return?