We hiked along the River Trail for quite some time and eventually had to cross one of the many rivers bisecting this area. I crossed and then enjoyed watching my friends work their way across. Mike lost his sandal and Jensen almost lost his boot! A move that could have had bad ramifications for our hiking trip!
|Mike fords the river|
We also had our first look at Banner Peak (right foreground) and Mount Ritter (left background). The ever present sentinels of our stay.
|View from our campsite on Ruby Lake|
Steller's Jays were constant companions at the lower elevations below the treeline.
Thousand Island Lake did not disappoint. Banner Peak towers over the crystal clear waters of this lake.
After setting up camp, Mike and I decided to scout ahead and started to climb up the broad shoulders of Banner Peak. You can see below how Thousand Island Lake gets its name.
As we made our way up to higher elevations, we encountered more and more snow.
At higher elevations, Clark's Nutcrackers were everywhere.
On the way back we decided to slide/ski down the slope in our boots. It saved a lot of time and was great fun!
The entire alpine area was carpeted with wildflowers of all different colours.
|Camp at Thousand Island Lake|
|Green-tailed Towhee hiding among the pine needles.|
Below is one of my favourite shots. This flower is called White Mountain Heather.
Mike and I went swimming, but even at this lower elevation the water was frigid and left us gasping for air!
Ansel Adams Wilderness is a special place, and one I would love to come back to some day. We made the drive back to Las Vegas where we stayed over one night before taking the redeye flight back to Toronto.