|The bog in the morning.
|A little water across the trail.
|The junction! Not far to Lodgepole Creek from here.
|Next year, we’ll check out Upper Ramey Meadows.
|Bear grass near the trail.
|The fallen logs are a legacy of an old fire, but the young trees are growing up fast.
|More bear grass above Lodgepole Creek.
|I know better this year than to stop at this trickle.
|This branch of Lodgepole Creek is where it’s at.
|Ambrose adjusting his pack. It’s just five miles to Chamberlain Air Strip from here.
|These purple flowers had a strong perfumey scent.
|I’m fairly certain this is a trail junction, leading down to Lower Lodgepole Meadow that I couldn’t find last year.
|I wish those trees would hurry up and grow tall enough to cast some shade.
|This bird and I startled each other on the trail.
|But she hung around long enough for a good portrait.
|I chose this ashy site for lunch because of the shade.
|Ambrose caught up to my eventually.
|We can just about see the air strip from here.
|In the distance here, the naked eye can just make out a bump on top of a distant mountain. That bump is the lookout atop Sheepeater Mountain.
|Come on, clouds, shelter me from the sun!
|We’re getting so close!
|Down off the ridge.
|Almost to the bridge!
|One last haul up the slope to our campsite for the day.
|Even Ambrose made it in plenty of time – before 2pm.
|We lazed around all afternoon napping (Ambrose) and reading (me), but I did pitch the tent eventually.
|No planes at the air strip today.