Waterfalls in the West
It has been my experience in the years that I lived in the west that water is a scare and treasured resource. So, It’s abnormal to see cascades of it running in wild abandon over cliffs right in front of your eyes. As a hiker, it’s a pleasant sight to be greeted by a waterfall of any size at the end of the trail.
Alberta Falls, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
The approach to any running source of water by hikers in the west is usual met with repeated verses of: “Do you hear that? Is that water?” and “I think it’s getting closer!”. Cameras are quickly grabbed out of backpacks, and their footsteps quicken.
Baring Falls, Glacier National Park, Montana
(Top) Ripple in Edith Creek, Mount Rainer National Park, Washington
(Bottom) Christine Falls, Mountain Rainer National Park, Washington
Needless to say, even though these pictures are far from my home, there are still some fantastic waterways in my home state.
Oak Creek, Sedona, Arizona
More to come soon.
Hiking before “The Freeze”
Recently, some friends and I decided to hike some of the more imposing peaks in the Flagstaff area. This was of course before the cold drizzle set in, and the warm colors of fall faded away into the grey monotone of winter. Not surprisingly, looking back at the pictures I took makes me feel nostalgic for the past season.
"Above the Treeline" -San Fransisco Peaks Wilderness
Yucca & Snag - Mount Elden
We were treated to the last bits of color in the Aspen until next year.
Aspen leaves on the trail - Mount Elden
One of my friends, who has just recently moved from Alaska, revealed some information to us on route to Humphreys Trailhead. When asked if he had hiked any peaks before, he responded casually that he had climbed a few 500 foot “Mountains” in Alaska. This provided everyone with a nice laugh, that was quickly taken back when he smoked the rest of us up the trail.
Peeking into the Inner basin - San Fransisco Peaks Wilderness
The Crew- Humphreys Peak, 12’635 feet
Hopefully that won’t be my last adventure until things are warm and dry again in spring. If so, I still have plenty of pictures to sort though. I’ll stay busy.
More to come soon.