It took a lot of effort to get the bear bag hung way up there. 

A nice little bridge to start the morning.

I’d never seen such purple pine cones.

Trail junction! I’m on the road to Grand Jean.

As close as I got to Smith Falls. 

Crossing the South Fork of the Payette River.

Elk Lake would be nice to camp at, but my timing wasn’t right.

Fern Falls.

Smoke beginning to creep into the valley.

Even more smoke.

So close to Grand Jean!

I took the log over this stream.

I wondered if someone was missing this boot…

I thought Ambrose would be meeting me at the footbridge.

Okay, to the left I go.

Ambrose was at the trailhead. 

The sky remained smoke-filled at the campsite Ambrose found at Grand Jean.

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