Trail Difficulty – Easy
Trail Type – Nature Trail/Snow
Distance – 8 miles
Elevation Gain – 300 Feet
Camera in hand we headed out for Hike 11 and the Weekly Photo Challenge; Two Subjects around Leech Lake. This week I learned an important lesson about elevation.
It is getting more difficult to find long hikes with little elevation, so we had to drive for almost an hour. We picked a trail up in the mountains and headed out.
On the way we saw the only real wildlife of the trip, a trail of Bighorn Sheep doing their own hike. My Poor Long-Suffering Husband stayed in the car just in case the Alpaca from last week was with them.
After another 40 minutes we finally arrived at the trail head and realized our error. Dog Lake trail was buried under 10 feet of snow. You can barely see the sign peeking out at the top.
Undeterred, we stopped in at the local ski lodge. This is how I went snowshoeing for the first time in my life. The photo challenge this week was two subjects who are inter-related – I can’t think of two better subjects that me and him.
The first quarter-mile went well, though it was much harder than walking; then my husband’s binding broke and he had to go back. While waiting for him to return, I looked around for my photo challenge, then I saw it. How often can you see the forest and the trees.
We made it 2 miles before I gave up – elevation gain, a bad map, and the removal of the trail signs caused us to turn back. We still needed to hike 6 miles to meet our goal. Driving back down the mountain, we saw this tree in the side of a cliff that someone had decorated with flamingos. Really – flamingos.
Heading back to where we went last week, convinced the Alpaca had moved on, we noticed something on the hillside. Getting out of the car we realized it was connected to the irrigation canal we walked along last week. It rose up like Rapunzel’s tower on the side of the cliff.
We split the hike up as we stopped at various sites. Thank goodness for the Fitbit as we can track our distance. As we were leaving the last site I saw the following on a tree branch – I am not sure what it was, but it looked amazing.
It started to get dark, so we headed back to the car. It was a full day.
I can’t wait to see what happens next week.