This was a very tough trail. We hiked the first couple of miles of it and turned around because we ran out of time. It was ascending at about 500 feet per mile and we lost it once where snow runoff took out a whole section of it. It is a trail that is not used much any more but still has some promise.
Clean air, natures scents and incredible scenery. A wanderers dream and for you it looks like you’ve found your reality. Thank you for taking us along. We may not be able to breathe the clear air or smell natures scents but we can use our eyes to take in the incredible scenery and our minds to fill in the rest. It’s a joy to wake up and find these photos from you.
Actually, this photo was taken from the road to the trail head on our way back down. The mountains are in the CMW and the road of course has to stop at the border. On our hike that day we didn’t get up to where we wanted to go. Our original plan was to take a different route but an access road that I had counted on was closed. This alternate clearly isn’t the best route, although it’s a good place to be because it gets very little use.
Yep. “It was nice” has to get the award for understatement of the month, no matter what other competitors show up. When I first saw paintings of these western wildernesses, I thought they couldn’t possibly be that beautiful. Clearly, they are.
I have a sense that since I have just begun to explore this wilderness area, there will be scenes in it that will defy description. What I know that I will never be able to impart to others is the feeling I get just being in the heart of such areas. Besides the feeling of awe at all of the natural beauty, there is the feeling of being “at home” there, not completely unlike returning home from a journey or a long time away, but an even more deeply satisfying feeling of knowing that I came into being from this beautiful place, am now a part of it and in not all that long will return to it as the trees and plants and all wild creatures do when they die. Photography just doesn’t capture those dimensions.