Thursday, September 8, 2011

Crater Lake Backpacking and Beyond Pt 3

On the final day of our adventure we woke up at the lone wolf shelter and headed out on our hike after a delicious breakfast of Fruity Breakfast Bulgar. The trail was really cool with mushrooms and nurse logs and wildflowers.

We took some time to enjoy the view of the valley below and of course to have a snack. These are very important for preschooler motivation and general well being.

On the way back to the shelter, we stopped to admire the meadow complete with one of my favorites, avalanche lilies. After spending time earlier in the weekend enjoying the huge expansive views of crater lake, it was fun to enjoy the beauty of the green old growth.

We met a bow hunter on our hike. He had not had any success finding elk. We had not seen any animals either except a few quail.

We made it back to the shelter, retrieved the second backpack, and headed down the trail. Sarah and I were so proud that we encouraged Amy to walk the whole mile. Amy told me that after yesterday's battle she would "hike today without whining and complaining". We saw several mountain bikers out for a ride.

We got back to Sarah's car and enjoyed each others' company on the way back to Salem. It was such a fun weekend with so many new adventures to share. I am savoring these moments and days with just one child who is so willing to try new things and be my "best hiking buddy".

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