After our "swinging bridge over raging river" adventure at Lava Canyon, we drove a short distance to the June Lake Trailhead. The huckleberries were still abundant and that made Amy quite ecstatic!
It was a cloudy hike next to a creek through beautiful forest with leaves changing color.
We took our time getting to June Lake. Since it was somewhat uphill, Amy rode in the backpack for much of it. I still endure carrying the 60 pounds of Amy plus gear and water. Fortunately, we no longer need to carry diapers! Amy frequently steals my hat when she is riding in the backpack to help "keep track of it".
The clouds and mist were beautiful. When we got closer to June Lake, there were more open areas that were devastated by the 1980 eruption but now have started to group back.
June Lake is a pretty little lake with a waterfall at one end. There were some campers and some teen boys bush wacking to and walking behind the waterfall. We just decided to admire it from a distance.
Mt. St. Helens was mostly hidden by clouds but we got peeks and glimpses of it.
On the way back down we continued to admire the fall color and eat huckleberries! I continue to remind Amy to "save some for the bears".
When we returned to the trail head, Amy announced that she wanted ice cream for a treat on the way home. I wholeheartedly agreed that we needed to stop at Burgerville since they have the best mocha perk milkshakes.
When we arrived at Burgerville, I saw a familiar car and thought it might have belonged to the climbers that search and rescue had been looking for earlier in the day.
Our friend Sarah got up the courage to ask, and sure enough, it was the lost climbers that we had been praying for earlier that day! They were amazed that we knew about the search and told us their story.
The ice cream was taller than Amy's head. I had to help her some and she flat out refused to eat it with a bowl and spoon. She had a great time getting very sticky and recalling the days event of swinging bridges over raging rivers, June Lake, and Huckleberries. It was a sweet end to a beautiful day!