If I were a true painter, this is what my water color version of Moose Mountain may look like. With today's weather and scenery, this was a day to be painted, to be framed, and thoroughly enjoyed. You never know what will hit you when you do the Moose, it has it's very own weather systems that pass through. You just go prepared and take what ever you get. It certainly started out lovely.
We started early yet we were not the first hikers in the parking lot. There is not much to see for the first while so it is a matter of just taking care of the business of reaching the openness. When we exited the forest, the morning light made pretty views of all the green and wildflowers.
Those clouds that I like so much surrounded us.
We could see the switchbacks to the first hump.
They looked so far off but in reality we came upon them quite quickly.
my destination shot
My friend suggested we make an "H".
loving the view
The Lookout Lady told us we were the first to arrive today. That worked in our favour as we were able to have our chat with her, take our fun photos and then dine while it was quiet. Being first, being early meant we also had the nicer weather conditions. As others began to arrive, and as we were finishing our visit, the wind picked up and the temperature dropped. We packed up and made our way down the steep slope. You can see the Lookout in the top left corner.
getting ready to cross the hump
We also got a different view of the Lookout. It is in the center on the top of that little grey bump.
We added on more distance and elevation gain while we meandered throughout the meadows. The views remained pretty the entire time. Before heading back out to the main trail and back into the forest we made one more stop to admire the scenery. Just like our first open view, this last open view would be what I would want my water color painting to look like if I were a true painter.