|View of Mt. Baker from the steep trail to Yellow Aster Butte|
|A break along the hike to Yellow Aster Meadows|
|Mr. B at dusk|
Three years ago on this trek, Joseph and Tim experienced serious mountain weather, but this year's trip fell in the middle of the longest dry spell on record. Sunshine and clear skies on day one made for a sweaty hike and allowed for a few brave fellows to take a dip in the glacier fed tarn. Day two opened with cloud cover, or rather, the campers exited their tents in the morning into the clouds which socked them in.
Their descent provided an opportunity to get to know one of the park rangers a little better, as an anonymous source had complained about the noise level in the Scouts' vicinity. Threats of a citation, a need for contact information to 'follow up' and a good finger wagging were all on the agenda for the mid-trail mandatory (surprise) meeting with the ranger. We all know the inherent risks involved with taking a group of teenage boys into the mountains!
|Caleb, Isaac, Nate, Mr. M, Enoch, Peter, Nicholas, Nathan and Connor on the summer snow|