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Today Rick and I had a clear schedule with clear skies! A great opportunity to take off....but where? We are in the awkward time of the year....too much snow still for the high country, but not quite enough still to snowshoe. We were going to pick up some new maps, but managed to drive around in circles trying to find the relocated Ranger District office, gave up and headed south out of town! Destination now? Sumpter, Bourne, and beyond!
|The Honda finds a way|
through the rocks!
For about a half mile or so, the road was relatively clear of snow. Mini-waterfalls and mini-canyons marked the route, in places cutting so deep you could see the yellow-orange clay below. In one of those places, having just read up on the "Black Canyon of the Gunnison" in Colorado, I told Rick it was the "Orange Canyon of the Cracker". He replied, "That must make it Ritz Canyon!" So we called it!
|A steep stretch of snow, but the saddle is in sight!|
|Columbia Hill cornices of snow.|
|Mt. Ruth at center right.|
|Memorial Site with Columbia|
Hill in distance.
We found a 2007 grave marker at the top, with incredible views both north and south. Our guess is the deceased wanted his ashes taken to the summit of the Elkhorns. It was pretty neat.
|On Cracker Creek Saddle with Summit Lake|
mountains behind us.
This was Rick's Father's Day hike, so we stopped in Sumpter to celebrate with an early dinner at the Scoop and Steamer Restaurant. After a quick phone call, we then enjoyed a wonderful visit with Dean and Sharon Defrees at their ranch. A GREAT DAY in God's creation!!!
|Panorama view from top of Cracker Creek Summit|
Left to Right: North to Mt. Ruth, east to North Powder River Valley, south toward Bourne, and west to Columbia Hill.