It almost looked like a shooting star across the sky, but... it was just an airplane... but I loved the contrast in this picture with the shadowed trees, and blazing trail left by the airplane flying overhead.
The clear blue water sparkled invitingly... you could almost be fooled that it might just be warm enough to swim in!
But, even though the water is cold as an ice bath, there were plenty of people out there soaking up the sun's rays, and a few brave souls were actually in the water... including us! Yes, we were some of the crazy ones who got into the water. My husband and I slowly... slowly... slowly walked out into the water, and finally he took the plunge, and then I did. Whew! It was cold, but not as ice-biting cold as it seemed at first. Once we were fully wet, it wasn't too bad... but I couldn't help looking at the snow still on the mountains, and thinking how that snow and ice water was still draining into Priest Lake!
Back at our picnic site, the fire was being prepared by my dad and my son. They decided they wanted nothing to do with getting cold and wet, and decided they would rather be in charge of getting the food ready... I had no problem with that plan, it sounded great to me!
So, after we had climbed out of the cold water, and warmed up around the BBQ pit, and enjoyed the great hamburgers, the sun had already started to dip down into the horizon, and we still had plans to take Dad up to the Granite Falls before dark. So, we began to pack up, and as we did, I noticed that most people out here were doing the same. After the sun had dipped over the horizon, even though it was only 5:00 in the afternoon, the place that had been packed earlier in the day, was now almost vacant.
So, we packed up and cleaned up our little picnic area, and headed due north into grizzly bear country!
Although Dad kept an eagle's eye out for any sign of bear, we didn't see any. We drove about ten miles down a gravel road and arrived first at Huff Lake.
The lake is very marshy, and has all kinds of very unique and rare plants growing in it. There is a boardwalk built so you can walk out towards the middle of the lake.
Some of the plants growing here around the lake.
And so, even though we did not see any moose while we were at Huff Lake this time, I will share some pictures with you of a moose at this lake that we saw here last August.
She was as surprised to see us, as we were to see her!
At first she wasn't sure if she should worry about us or not. We were very quiet, and finally, she went about the business of getting something to eat and drink, and commenced to not even give us any more of her time or attention.
But, back to our present adventure... unfortunately this time at Huff Lake, we did not see our Ms. Moose... she was nowhere to be found.
So, we headed on down the gravel road to the Granite Falls. By this time, the sun was beginning to set, but there was still enough daylight to enjoy the Falls.
This is an absolute wonder and amazement to see how the water has carved out the rocks, and created such an amazing waterfall.
And someday soon, we plan to hike up there to see those cedars... and when we do... I'll be sure to share the journey with you!