|I’ve never seen the trail head this crowded – and I’m not even getting all the cars in this shot – and this is the Friday before the eclipse.
|Though we originally planned to go up the Little Queens and make the loop, my ankle injury changed our plans to an out and back up the Queens.
|We got started nice and early so my slow pace would still allow us to make our planned campsite in daylight.
|A nice easy stream crossing – as it should be, in August.
|Ambrose wanted to make sure I didn’t stumble at any of the stream crossings.
|This log was pretty damp, so rather than risk it on my still-painful ankle, I hopped across to the right.
|This area has always been beautiful to me, and I’ve loved watching the burned areas grow back over the years.
|A most excellent rock to sit against for our first break.
|The trail goes up above the ridge to avoid a swampy area – though it’s pretty dry this time of year.
|The large tree I remembered from last year was still there, much to my disappointment.
|Ambrose crossed three times so I could cross without my pack on. We figured that would be safer with my ankle still wobbly. He’s my hero.
|The cross back did not go quite as planned. Since last year, the Queens River has rerouted itself from its prior banks.
|We made it across, only to find another section of the trail, near the bog, had been rerouted due to a lot of dead trees blocking the former trail.
|A much easier stream crossing – but he’s still waiting for me to pass safely.
|We’re getting closer to where the trail turns towards Nanny Creek.
|I was glad to see most of the trail still looked the same.
|Purple monkey flowers!
|I had really been hoping this tree would be trimmed, but it was still there. I went under this time.
|Every time a distant ridge appeared, Ambrose would ask if that was the Nanny Creek notch, and it never was.
|Ripe huckleberries! My favorite!
|The crossing of the Queens River by Nanny Creek was also significantly redesigned by the winter weather. I think it got easier, but I only had to cross once and I didn’t fall like Ambrose did.