Those are just a touch of the monsoon weather that’s now coming up from the southwest. Most has not reached this far north. I wish it would bring some rain! Our high country is still fairly moist, but the valleys and lower mountainsides are tinder dry already.
When I see scenes like this I can almost imagine how the pioneers must have felt when they saw it. After already having traveled hundreds of miles it must have been daunting to look out over something like this. I have to wonder if I would have been as strong as they were.
He would love it here then. After the great fires of 1910, the Forest Service was formed and they began a campaign to stop all fires. That included building fire lookout towers on nearly all of the high peaks around and although those old cabins are mostly gone, the trails to them still exist and most are maintained by Forest Service trail crews. For those who like wild country hiking they are real treasures!
Oh WOW! That’s fascinating…!! We’ve never hiked in your area, but your images are so tempting. And those paths that you describe are RIGHT up our alley! Sounds very much like the old logging trails of the PNW we used to look for. I gotta tell him about this…
Those wispy mare’s tails are at the very edge of some moist air. In summer, unless there’s a thunder storm around, our humidity is usually in the teens or 20’s. The photo was taken from an elevation of 7400 feet and that gets above most of the ground haze. A photo taken looking straight up is always deep blue.
I loved the monsoons when I lived in your area. It’s nice now when they come to visit, although this week they are bringing conditions that might create thunderstorms with dry lightning and that’s not so good.
It seems to be a year of weather extremes. One of the weather people at a news station here dug up an interesting statistic for the state of Montana. It hold the record for the widest set of temperatures in the US, from 117°(f) a few years ago in the eastern part of the state to -70°(f) at a location not far from here in the western part.