Tuesday, May 14, 2013
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|Approaching Rock Creek drainage - so green!!|
We stop and visit on the way up so we don't interfere with nap time coming home!! It is good to see our friends in 'recovering' health! We take our leave around 11:10 to head on up the road.
We haven't been up this way in some time. Rick has occasionally snowshoed on the lower sections in the winter, but to drive clear up past the Kilamacue Trailhead....it has been awhile! The road is rocky, but navigable. Unsure, however, we only go about a half mile beyond the graded gravel and, finding a place to turn around and park, we opt to stop there. As it was...we could have gone up the whole way!
|Rick fields a stream down the|
middle of the road.
The meadows seem to be shrinking...or the trees are growing. (Maybe a little of both!) Water is a torrent of power flowing beneath new bridges and through huge pipes. But with all that water, the meadow seems dry - autumns dead foliage is still hiding all the new green plants trying to push their way through. We enjoy a light lunch, gazing at snow on the mountains and exploring the environs around the cabin. (I have done a little internet research and can't figure out WHO actually owns the cabin!)
We are accompanied on the way back down by an army of butterflies: orange, blue, and a dark maroon black one with a white stripe on the bottom. Pretty. Saw a grouse on the way up, otherwise, not much wildlife today!
HOFFER BUTTE SNOWSHOE (Rick)
Saturday, May 11, 2013
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|Hoffer Lake breakup|
|Hoffer Basin area|