Yesterday I hiked with Sicksta Charlene, and brother in law,Tom and three of their friends. Jeff opted to play golf with the Livingston Senior League.
We had a rather late start..I think it must have been around 11 by the time we got to the trailhead.
It was a warm, sunny day, mid eighties.
It was nice to take a few breaks, although short, on the way up.
This photo below is looking back from where we came.
At this point I took every opportunity to stop and catch my breath.
More up…slow going, but beautiful.
Charlene and Toms friends left us after lunch in one of the meadows ..we continued up to the pass.
You can click on the photo album below to see some of the wild flowers.
Just some of the flowers seen were….
Yellow Columbine,Bluebells,Asters,Elephant head,Monument plant, Larkspur,Lupine,Fireweed,Yarrow,Cow Parsnip, Indian Paintbrush.
This was far enough..we needed to get back before dark.
As we descended we were able to enjoy the wildflowers one more timeIndian Paintbrush and Aster On the way down, Sicksta picked huckleberries,whortleberries, raspberries and thimbleberries. I ate a few…yummy
After passing thru the open meadows we hiked thru some dark forest.
Tom found a few Boletus Edulus(porcini mushroom) I found a few hedgehog mushrooms and purple fairy club and a non-edible Amanita.
I did see four different types of birds.
Three of which i was able to ID Golden crowned kinglets, Mountain Chickadees, and Oregon Juncos. I had distant views of a sparrow looking bird, maybe Pine siskins.
It was a great hike, very taxing on my knees going down, although they feel fine now.
I woke up last night with Muscle cramps in my calves.
Today I am just chillin, resting up for a Saturday hike.
Going to that beautiful farmers market this afternoon.