"We did it! Back on June 5, 2017 (entry 10), we were thwarted in our attempt to start a hike from the Camp Misery trailhead … but today, success!"
So begins my journal entry for this hike, almost a full year ago. But you should read on for the 'rest of the story'.
"It was not without its trials … there was still a lot of snow on the trails. This meant it was physically more demanding than normal hiking. Also, at the intersection of trail 55 and trail 7, there was so much snow and a lack of trail signs that it was impossible to figure out the location of the trail. The topographical map was a huge help, and we also crossed our fingers that some of the footprints in the snow were directionally correct."
As I noted in the margin of my journal, I was very pleased that we were calm and worked through it!
Ok, now that I have that out of my system, let's approach this a little more calmly. Spring flowers were abundant (yes, at this elevation, July 2 is still 'spring').
Upper left: Red Paintbrush; Middle left: Elliptic-leaved Penstemon
Lower left: Mountain Buttercup
Upper right: Glacier Lilies and Western Pasqueflowers
Lower right: Man with Hat on rock
Along the way, we met a family planning to camp at Black Lake. At a few obscure points on the trail, we helped each other find the way.
|Creek leaving the foot of Black Lake|
We cruised on and made our picnic break at Jewel Lakes. We heard the three guys pass us by and thought nothing more of it.
|From left to right: Yellow Columbine, Green False Hellebore, Yellow Columbine, Shooting Star|
However, as we ascended past Blackfoot Lake, we heard gunshots, and it was impossible to determine the source. We started shouting and continued the racket for quite a while. Some distance on, we came across the same 3 fellows, and learned that they had been doing some 'target shooting' at dead trees. Swell.
|Beargrass surrounds Man with Hat|
|Blackfoot Lake; saw two bald eagles flying around lake|
|Yes, this is the trail!|
Top: Western Pasqueflower
Center left: Paintbrush and Western Virgin's Bower
Center right: Larkspur
Upon returning to the trailhead, as I was taking off my boots and sweaty socks (too much information?), I felt victorious, confident, reassured, relieved and pleasantly tired. Accompanied by a healthy respect for snowpack in July at 6,000 feet.
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