Trip to the Enchantments
Emily and I had been talking about going to climb Prussik Peak in the
fall for a couple of years now, and finally had the chance to head up
into the Enchantments during the relativly quiet middle of the week.
We got lucky at the Levenworth ranger station and were actually able
to get permits to camp. We were only half expecting ot be able to do this,
and even mid-week, got the permits because somebody with reservations
had just cancelled.
We had an amazing sunny day for the hike in, and throughly enjoyed the
long approach. When we reached Snow Lakes, we ran into some surveyers
who had been helecoptered in to survey the damn between the lakes. They
had a pretty extravigant camp set up, and I made use of their fancy helicoptered-in
toilet while Emily stood guard. At the time I didn't realise that it wasn't
the forest service toilet that I was using, but Emily did, and failed
to tell me until she saw a surveyer comming to use his facilities.
The water level was really low at the lower lakes
Arrival at lake Vivian was like stumbling into Eden. The sun was low
in the sky and the granite rimmed lake was perfectly still and clear.
We found an excellant camp spot and set up the tent. Tired from the hike
in, we were happy to sit annd watch the sun dissapear behind the mountains.
Emily looking up at Prussik from Lake
As we were preparing to sleep, we heard a noise outside. It's a pika,
I told Emily. She didn't believe me and went out to look for herself.
"No! It's a mountain lion!" She excitidly reported back, "A
whole family!" A mountain lion?! Emily was so excited she mistook
the work "lion" for "goat." We peed on the rocks and
let the family lick it up. A good symbiosis.
Emily's hair could sense the bad
We had the intent of climbing Prussik the next morning, but instead woke
to the patter of sprinkles and the roaring of wind on the tent. We hung
around for a few hours peeing into the wind, trying to entice the goats
and wait out the weather, but saw that it wasn't improoving so we decided
to begin the long hike down.
Emily walking amidst trees charred from
a past fire.
We were happy to know that we'd be forced to come back another time.