I am the same way. We are now in the fire season when the temperatures are in the 90’s and it’s very dry. It makes one look forward to fall, and fortunately here we have a nice long fall before winter really hits.
I will probably post more about it later, but today was quite special for me. Exactly six months ago I was released from the hospital after a total knee replacement. Today I tested the results on this trail and the knee passed the test with flying colors. It’s only 2.5 miles from the trail head to the peak, from 5,800 feet to 7,400 feet but a good trial run! And it’s always beautiful up there.
I remember the quietness on your blog during that time, Terry…and I’m very happy for you that everything has gone so well with your recovery. I have had a couple of medical issues during my time that have prevented me from engaging in physical activities that I loved, so I understand how you must have been chomping at the bit to get back out there, as well…and to get back THERE, especially! Good for you…. 🙂
That was an interesting scene. On the way up the trail a few hours earlier I noticed the flowers, of course, but on the way back down it was as if they just stood up straight and said “for your viewing pleasure”.
I love Beargrass too. I missed most of its bloom at the lower elevations this summer and was very pleased to see some up high.
Today was a welcome break in the heat here. We have been in the mid 90’s and the heat will return in a few more days. Still, I can get up high once in awhile and get out of it.
Your photo is very artistic; I love its composition – gorgeous flowers in the forefront and then the path leading to somewhere. We have had here exceptional warm during three week, the temperature varying from 82.4ºF to 87.8ºF.
Hi Montucky, What a beautiful photo. Yes, it sometimes gets really cold up there in the mountains even in Summer. I had that experience when I went to Yellowstone last month and it snowed twice during the daytime hours. Hope you still get good enough weather to be out and about. Have a great weekend!
I’m so glad to hear that the trail wasn’t a trial for you. You’re very blessed to have had such a good recovery, and we’re blessed because of it. Of course, I know I don’t have to tell you that! The bear grass is wonderful. It reminds me a bit of cattails gone to fluff. My mother used to tell me about nights when they’d use the cattails as torches before they’d dried out – they’d soak them in something (kerosene, I presume) and light ’em up. Given your hot and dry conditions, these “pretend torches” are much safer!
Yes, I’m indeed blessed. Now I know that I can go were I choose as I have always done. Since early in February I have devoted over three hours of every day to rehabilitation and it has paid off, in spades.
Beargrass is one of my favorite plants and not just for the blossoms. Several years ago I spent a very comfortable night sleeping in the middle of a large dense patch of it. It was as comfortable as a rather stiff mattress.
What stately sentinels to find along your path. Funny that just because of long and narrow leaves people would call that species a grass, isn’t it? People have done the same in Texas, where a different member of the lily family goes by the name beargrass.
Well, I’ve read stories relating it to bears and I’ve seen some signs that bears will dig up the roots in spring. Without the tall stalks of the flowers, the base of leaves does at a glance look like clumps of coarse grass.