Earlier this week I told Rick I wanted to get out for a hike - partly to wander among the wildflowers covering the Anthony Lakes region and partly to get in shape for a potential backpack along the Crest Trail later this summer. So we set off this morning bound for Lakes Lookout, hoping to beat a thunderstorm forecast for later in the day.
|Looking toward the peak from|
Just as we got to the top of the ridge, a huge thunderclap rolled and rumbled for over 5 seconds, giving us pause. But we checked the skies and the winds and decided we could make a run for it! (Tongue in cheek - I don't RUN up any elevation gain!) It appeared that alot of work had been done clearing the west side of the trail - there were many brush piles stacked up and ready for slash burning in the fall. The lupine was in full bloom along this section of trail, whereas it was starting to fade down near the ski area parking lot. Valerian and dock with the lupine to line the trail.
|Lakes basin peaks L to R: Van Patten, Gunsight, Angel, Lees, and Lakes Lookout|
|Atop Lakes Lookout!|
|A new type of gilia?|
We found a new flower along the ski run road and I wrote to Dave and Shelli for help in identification. None of my books, including the really good one Shelli gave me, helped. Well, long story short, neither Dave nor Sabine were SURE and Dave sent it on to another botonist with the forest service, Gene Yates. He wrote me an email and wanted more info as to the location so he can go up and find it! That was kinda exciting!
More flowers from today's hike: