I made quick business of getting across the road to the trees.
I still took a few seconds to acknowledge the colorful view.
When I saw the petite waves crashing against the rocks, I hiked down to get an eye level shot.
After by-passing Prairie View, the views became wider to the north.
It was early enough to offer wonderful lighting.
Barrier Lake Lookout
you can see the wind socket blowing at the left of the base of the tower
So it was just her and I. She continued to walk her deck all the while spying through her binoculars, two helicopters flying around and around. By now she was in continuous communication on her radio. She went about her business and I went about mine. I felt tired by now having accomplished lots and it was still not 10:30am. I did some shooting, some snacking then some snoozing.
At 11:00 I packed up and began my descent just as folks after folks after folks after folks after folks began to work their way up the last section before the top. My timing was perfect. The going down was easy with no snow nor ice nor mud. Back at Barrier Lake in what seemed like no time, I took one final photo then made my way to my car.
With this gorgeous weather combined with hiking this trail early, it made for a great way to spend Sunday morning. I now felt fulfilled and satisfied. I'm thinking I am now ready to do more building.