|First buttercups of the spring!|
Shortly after traveling under the powerline clearing and at a sharp left curve of the road, we left the road and headed up the ridge to the right to a large, very volcanic and rocky, clearing with views out to the Elklhorns. Unfortunately, the clouds were starting to roll in and the blue sky that HAD been behind the range was now definitely growing whiter and whiter (and perhaps grayer also!) [There was a good reason for leaving early this morning, according to the forecast!] Still made for a beautiful spot to gaze out over the valley, although we couldn't see most of the lake from our vantage spot. We did see a couple of fires burning and had passed a "Smoke Ahead" sign on the road driving up.
Bushwhacked down the ridge and then angled back to meet up with the original road again. The forest floor was so soft due to piles of pine needles. Total time hiking was only about 2 hours - a great get away!! Our timing was perfect - drops of rain started falling shortly after we returned to the car!