Next came the cheery fire; and then, after a bath in the icy steam, I was prepared to enjoy the situation to the full, basking in the sun and studying the view down the canon; for, softened as it was into a sort of mountain dreamland – a vision of the Delectable Mountains – in the warm haze of the afternoon sunshine, it was as grand and as beautiful a scene as every my eyes beheld.
~Bolton Coit Brown, from the May 1896 issue of the Sierra Club Bulletin
Italy Lake to below Bighorn Pass
Gabbot Pass * Mills Creek Canyon * Second Recess * Laurel Lake
Every night we have had the most idyllic campsites with beautiful lighting and scenery of any trip, I will repeat… any trip I have had.
Tonight is no exception. My little tent is perched with a 360 degree amazing view. We even have a small waterfall close by careening from a small tarn.
Until today, pretty much there were multiple times something perilous could happen to any of us from: falling down exposed ledges, large loose granite boulders trapping us, sliding down steep snow fields, and snow trapping our bodies breaking through snow.
Our day was spent hiking, talking, and relaxing. The terrain was forgiving, gentle, and beautiful. I feel full and thankful just thinking of all the scary stuff we have been through together.