An 18-mile day of hiking led us to our destination of the day: Kearsarge Lakes. I just sat down for my freeze-dried meal when it started to hail. Luckily the hail was short lived and I was able to watch the sunset with my well earned dinner as the trout began their dusk feeding frenzy. Life on the JMT!
View of Kings Canyon National Park from my 2016 John Muir Trail hike. The photo here was taken just before reaching Bull Frog Lake on the way up to Kearsarge Lakes.
I took this photo on my way to Lake Agnes during a Memorial weekend trek on the Superior Hiking Trail. The entire day’s hike was shrouded in thick mist which gave the trail a mysterious atmosphere. Strange low-pitched thumping noises could be heard throughout the foggy woods – it was the call of the Ruffled Grouse.
I took this photo at the end of a long and soggy day on the Superior Hiking Trail. It had been pouring all day, but the rain magically stopped as soon as I stumbled into my campsite. The forest came alive with golden sun rays pouring through the endless moss-riden trees. This trail is located along the Lake Superior shoreline of Minnesota and is well known to backpackers.
Memories of a cloud-shrouded Mt. Gould from a few summers ago. I took this photo on my way across Swiftcurrent Lake in Glacier National Park. A ferry boat took us across Swiftcurrent and another ferry at Lake Josephine which led to the Grinnell Glacier trail. Oh how convenient!
Morning in Grand Marais, MN. Great view of the Sawtooth range in the distance. See where the name comes from?
I took this photo of a peculiar male Northern White-cheeked Gibbon at the Minnesota Zoo. This fellow stared straight at me from his perch which was quite far away. Was it my black and white striped outfit?
Some Facts: This species of Gibbon is sexually dimorphic meaning that males and females have different colorings and sizes from the opposite gender. The males are entirely black with white sideburns and a prominent tuft on their head. Females have a reddish-tan color and lack the cranial tuft of the males. These guys are an endangered species found in Southeast Asia. Some 455 Northern White-cheeked Gibbons were recently discovered living in Pù Mát National Park of Northern Vietnam.