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BirdDog
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Post Thu Oct 02, 2008 2:23 pm    No Such Thing as a Free Larch - Enchantments [TR]
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Scored a solo Enchantments permit Monday morning in Leavenworth; only two of us there for the drawing. Kind of chilly at the Colchuck/Stewart trailhead, but lovely warm by the time I reached Colchuck Lake. Humped up Advil Pass, er I mean Asgard Pass, chasing the late afternoon sun.


It was reasonably windy at Asgard so I guyed the tent out to rocks, which are in very good supply up there. At 1AM the tent went twangggggg; followed by clattering hoofs. A goat tripped over one of the strings. I stuck my head out to check things out and was greeted by the most incredible celestial display I have ever seen. It was unbelievably warm. I laid on a rock for 45 minutes, awed by the stary sky. The sky was as black as black can get, and every star in the universe was above. Wild!

The next morning dawned warm and still.


There's no such thing as a free larch, the price - Asgard Pass. The larch were just turning golden. They'll probably be in peak colors in the next 5 days; but the weather may not be a perfect. It was the warmest I have ever experienced in that area; no wind either. Some clouds rolled in Tuesday noon trying to have an afternoon thunder shower; but just a few drops here and there. The tarns were glass smooth.


We are so fortunate to live near such magical beauty. An incredibly beautiful and memory filled trip. WOW!

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Post Thu Oct 02, 2008 2:27 pm   
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Great pics ya lottery winner. up.gif

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Post Thu Oct 02, 2008 2:56 pm   
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Nice! Looks like you had a great time.

Thanks for the TR and pics!

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Post Thu Oct 02, 2008 3:23 pm   
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Little Anna at dawn.  Inspiring photo, should be the name of a song.
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My favorite is "What's for breakfast", the color is just amazing!
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Post Thu Oct 02, 2008 5:08 pm   
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Great pictures but "Little Anna" is actually Dragontail.

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Post Thu Oct 02, 2008 6:23 pm   
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[quote="Schmidt Alti-Dude"]Great pictures but "Little Anna" is actually Dragontail.[/quote

And here I didnt want to rain on his parade...... moon.gif

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Post Thu Oct 02, 2008 6:27 pm   
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fantastic photos! up.gif

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Post Thu Oct 02, 2008 7:48 pm   
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Schmidt Alti-Dude wrote:
Great pictures but "Little Anna" is actually Dragontail.

Don't forget Witches Tower in the foreground on the left. This is an absolutely beautiful photo! wink.gif
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Post Thu Oct 02, 2008 8:27 pm   
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Beautiful!  Really sweet pics.

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Post Thu Oct 02, 2008 9:35 pm   
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Gorgeous!  I hope some larch stick around I can't make it up there till 10/10
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Post Thu Oct 02, 2008 9:44 pm   
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WOW .. nice work ..

little anna  (did you mean dragontail fm lil anna?) at dawn .. pure eye candy

what's for breakfast ... delicious

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Post Fri Oct 03, 2008 10:03 am   
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Schmidt Alti-Dude wrote:
Great pictures but "Little Anna" is actually Dragontail.

Yup, you're correct - that is Dragontail. Ooops.

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Post Fri Oct 03, 2008 10:36 am   
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Beautiful images BirdDog!  You made great use of early morning light.   up.gif   Glad the larches cooperated for you.
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