Today held great promise as the perfect day to hike Camel’s Hump for the first time this summer. The mountain, in profile, also appears above in the header to this blog. Walking out the front door I was greeted by a lovely Morning Glory (Ipomoea). Nice way to start the day.
Rob and I met at 7:00am with 59F and blue skies. The hike up was even warmer—in t-shirts and shorts, a gentle pace and no deadlines. As we approached the top it became obvious the clouds had not yet cleared.
We added extra layers and climbed on undaunted. The temperature on top was in the low 50s with strong winds. No worries! An unhurried lunch. Some of the same alpine plants we’d seen last week in Alaska.
There were also lovely conversations with others who’d made the hike, and then the sun peaked through briefly before things closed in.
Down we went, back in t-shirts again half-way down. Lots of folks headed up, probably to clearing skies. Five hours after we began, it felt good to reach the bottom. No glaciers or bears on this trip! Nice to be home and in familiar—and gorgeous—surroundings.