note: justin, i think you'll find a desktop background or two laying in here waiting for you!
note dos: our sleeping bags were so fresh & so clean, clean, and (finally) dry for our two nights at mowich lake campground.
15 miles outside of the park boundary.
elev. 4929 ft.
on the way to lake eunice and tolmie peak.
brooke got a laugh out of his forgotten linkin park button. how many hikers wear a graffiti artist on their sleeve?
elev. 5320 ft.
a beautiful lake.
the fire lookout tower is the square dot on the ridge left of center.
[click on picture for a close up view.]
our destination awaits.
elev. 5939 ft.
our destination breaks through the end of the trail.
on clear days you can see a wonderful view of mount rainier.
as you can see, the view was well worth the three hour hike.
this was andrea's favorite part!
she hopes to inhabit these humble quarters one day!
brooke liked it too!
we met a new friend on the way down as well: mr. chipmunk.
he was quite the photogenic fellow.
anyone want to take a stab?
seriously, we need a plant guide.
what the hell! is this a trail?...or a moraine? i guess we'll follow...
spray falls is a glacier runoff, dropping 300 feet to the river below. it took our breath away as we stood there for a while, taking in all of it's splendor.
my (andrea) breath was also still as i watched brooke hop stone to stone past the 'official' trail end to the other side of the river to get this amazing picture (please do not report this to your local park ranger.) thank God he returned back ok, camera in hand, grin on face.
another great shot brooke took teetering on rocks over the quick rapids of spray creek.
still smiling on the return of a 10.5 mile day of beautiful hiking.