We drove to one of our favorite hiking trails and were a little surprised to find ourselves the only car in the large parking lot. Well, it was a smidge on the cool side (mid 40s) and there was a breeze . . . but the sun was shining, the sky was blue, and we were rarin' to go for our first hike of the spring.
We had expected the hike to be muddy and wet but . . . this much snow? It was a surprise to find so much of it still on the trail.
There are several gorgeous overlooks as one climbs higher and higher on the trail. This looks down on a little lake far below. (You can see it to the right middle of the picture.)
Another shot of the lake, still frozen.
There were spots where the snow was actually still three feet deep. Yikes! And let me tell you, it made for some tough hiking! (Anybody got snowshoes?)
"The sun, the sun, it's blinding me!" Another overlook we came upon was a large outcropping of south-facing rock. After taking this picture,
As soon as we roused ourselves and started hiking again, we rounded a curve and there was this beautiful deer in the middle of the trail. Not the greatest picture but considering I had to get my camera out of my pocket and then put on my glasses so I could see well enough to take the picture . . . I think it's amazing I got the shot.
Can a cairn contain material other than stones and still technically be called a cairn? By the side of the trail, we found (what I'll take the liberty of calling) a cairn carefully constructed of stones, birch bark, pine cones, twigs, cedar branches and dried weeds. Somebody else had enjoyed hiking this beautiful trail and left a thank you to Nature in the form of this memento.
Great sun, great company, great exercise, great trail . . . and only two sets of wet boots and socks.