Monday, August 3, 2009

July 21, 2009
I hike upriver over a mile following its twisted channels rather than follow the trail. I am pretty careful and try to make a lot of noise as the willows here are often higher than my head. I don't want any bear surprises but I don't see any bear sign whatsoever.
To the north is that old volcano with its cone stretching skyward. Several years ago I camped with a number of students and our outfitter at the base of that mountain and we marveled at the elk that were grazing at most anytime just at tree line and at the edge of the lava run on terraine so steep they must surely be growing longer feet on one side just to hold on.

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