The same pair of dear met us for breakfast the next morning
They had no problem with us being there. Food conquers fears
...and Bears! Oh my!
The black bear that was walking just yards below where Michael was hiking
The Bumbleabout mascot?
On the Hunt
This bear was hungry. Just glad he prefered the vegetation over us.
This trail cut across a long scree field. Watch your step!
The Sentinels Watch
Be passed the gates of the mountain sentinels after crossing over Cascade Pass
Watch Your Step
This trail must need to be constantly cleared of loose stones
Hoping that no loose scree decides to come stumble down after another landslide
I Spy Fern
Can you spot Fern up ahead of me?
Just a close up of some of the loose stones that make up the endless scree field
The rocks that make up the scree field are multiple layers thick. Making the slopes even more unstable
Its still mid-August and the glacier are holding tight to the mountains
Another view looking up the scree field
Towards The Pass
A view from where we were hiking from at Cascade Pass
All along our walk out of the North Cascades we could hear loud cracks from the mountains caused by these glaciers
These glacier field clung to the mountains. How long till one day they are gone?
A view of the top of the mountains that I refer to as the sentinels of my soul. They protected me only while I was within their keep
Off the Scree
It was comforting to get off the unstable scree field. Especially with all the landslides lately
Green dominated the spectrum all around us
Never have I been hiking with views like this before
This tree covered hillock seemed to be like an island to itself
The wind has warped these trees in all sorts of shapes and angles
This tree stood alone as the tallest
Into the Woods
We left the alpine region and headed into the woods and back to the switchbacks
Fern approaches the timberline
Last open view of the mountains before entering into the tree line
The ridgeline was long and looked like a serrated knife
Down, Not Out
This tree has been beaten by weather
Michael and Fern on our descent down the mountain
Down we go
Michael and Fern were rocketing down the mountain