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11 August 2007 @ 06:31 pm
Andrews Glacier  
So, hiked up to Andrews Glacier today. Six hours, maybe nine miles round trip, maybe 2,750 feet total vertical (got some extra distance and altitude hiking from Bear Lake, since the Glacier Gorge parking lot was full, as usual), to an altitude of roughly 11,700 feet.

It was pretty hot, but, well, I got enough altitude early enough (started at about 7:30AM) that I didn't notice it too much. Well, except for being a stinky ball of sweat (it wasn't very hot, it wasn't at all humid, but there was virtually no wind until I got to Andrews Tarn -- that's the main problem with hiking in the morning. The main problem with hiking in the evening is the thunderstorms, so I guess you do what you have to do -- but I guess I just don't like summer all that much. Fall and Spring are better. And so is Winter).

I decided to call it a day when I hit the glacier -- my knees were starting to bother me, and I didn't want to wear myself out too much, since I'll be climbing two fourteeners tomorrow.

Anyway, a good day. Saw a fox, deer, chipmunks, a black squirrel, marmots, trout, Clarks nuthatches (no Stellars or gray jays, alas), and some elk near the Loch (unfortunately, I only got one picture of the Elk that even would have been decent -- if it hadn't been completely out of focus since the camera focused on the pine needles in front of me). But anyway, a good day for wildlife, even as the wildflowers have started to fade. And, of course, there are pictures of some of them (full set past the link, as usual):

At the End of the World:

 
 
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dragonet2dragonet2 on August 12th, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
right now
I wholeheartedly hate summer. I had a week plus a few days off, the first part was spent at Archon which was farking hot, and I've pretty much stayed indoors the whole time (didn't help that at the very end of the week my car was trapped in the drive by a mulberry branch that the storm Wednesday ripped off the tree.

The only good part is that the kidz got through their neutralizing surgery okay (well, Yum bit off the ponty end of her stitches which scared the fark out of me until I realized that the knots were just beneath the level of the incision on her skin),

And we went to see Stardust, which was well worth the time (free movie) and Margene and I are going to go see it paying for it. Ty Gebhardt put it best, "This is the most satisfying fantasy movie I've seen in a while."
Douglas Triggs: atomsdoubt72 on August 13th, 2007 03:06 pm (UTC)
Re: right now
Yeah, I think you mentioned most of that in your LJ. Not entirely sure, though, I'm constantly behind reading my friends page, and a lot goes by. I certainly remember the Stardust thing.
redfiermaredfierma on August 12th, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)
Ooh, shiny pictures. Enjoy your 14ers!
geniusofevilgeniusofevil on August 12th, 2007 04:03 am (UTC)
Those are some great pics! loved this one of the lake and the trout.