Oh what to do? Oh where to go? Oh what's the forecast? I feel like I am spending too much time weather watching these days! Ya gotta do your homework though cause ya wanna be safe when you are "out & about" playing! I had put a suggestion out there a few days ago to hike into Tombstone Lakes with the intention to weather watch then make an informed smart decision just prior to go time. I weather watched and weather watched and weather watched until I was weather watched out and ready to say na, I can't be bothered weather watching anymore, I don't wanna go. But, just as I was ready to officially declare that, an email popped in and my friend said oh come on let's go. I jumped on board quickly and first thing this morning off we went.
While the weather said otherwise, I did hope for blue sky & sunshine, this is what we got!
While gearing up at the Elbow Lake Parking Lot we spotted a coyote wandering about. We made sure to check for him along the trail and within a matter of about 5 minutes from leaving the vehicle we spotted it in the bushes just off the trail. It eyed us as we eyed it.
We got the steep climb to the Lake over with quickly.
Elbow Lake was like a mirror.
It was extra marshy and wet around the edges.
Maybe 20 or 30 minutes later the sky quickly cleared.
I snuck out from the shelter to have a peek.
This is what I saw.
We opted to take our chances and go on up to Tombstone Lakes.
This is the view behind us as we began the ascent.
July 7th and there are still crocuses out there.
We made our way up to the Upper Tombstone Lake only to see wow it was larger than ever also.
It was always easy to walk around this lake too but no way that was happening today.
enough water to show off a full reflection
view of the Upper Tombstone Lake from on top of the rocky ridge
back down to a safe wide open space we settled in for tea and lunch
We were thankful to have beautiful weather for our hike back.
This meadow was yellow from end to end covered in buttercups.
The river was fast flowing under the bridge.
at the bridge with the trail and campground behind me
back up on top of that little hill you have the valley view to the meadow and campground
view looking back at Tombstone Mountain while along the return trip
I am so glad we just went for it today taking our chances with the weather.
We were gifted a most beautiful day out where life begins!