|Time for the last hike of 2014!|
|Lake...What lake????? See the vehicle way down there?|
|Some sort of yellow fungi stuff -- yuck!|
|Mushroom along the Sinns trail segment -- good enough for a pizza!!|
|Now that's what we call FUNGI!!|
Once we reached the Dagelma trailhead parking area, we stopped for a break and took pictures of ourselves with Smokey the Bear!!
A short quarter-mile hike down the Osprey trail took us to the Prospector trail. The Prospector trail is actually a loop (1.6 miles) trail that you can do from the Dagelma Trailhead, but for today we were using it as a connector trail to get back to the lake. The lower portion of the trail took us along the other side of the ridge that we climbed on the Calsh trail. As the sun came out we were treated to views of the surrounding mountains which still had a light dusting of snow. Portions of the trail were very dense with manzanita brush providing us with segments that were more like tunnels to hike through.
|Katie peers ahead at one of the "manzanita tunnels"|
|One of many "manzanita tunnels" along the Prospector trail|
|View of Applegate Lake looking towards the dam from the Payette trail.|
So our hiking for 2014 is done, but our memories of them will continue. We hiked 68 times for just over 311 miles --- 91 more miles than last year!! We hiked our longest single hike (see our Redwood National Park posting) and did 3 hikes that were over 10 miles in length. So now it is on to 2015 and a whole new year of hiking and making memories.
We want to close by wishing each of you a Happy and Healthy New Year. Thank you for following along with us and for your comments and notes. As the saying goes "Life is either an incredible adventure, or it is nothing at all". Here's wishing you an incredible adventure in 2015!!!
Glenn & Carol