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Ingunn
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PostMon Feb 09, 2009 4:45 pm 
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Since our last trip to Paradise underwhelmed us with views such as this...

Visibility FAIL.
Visibility FAIL.

...we decided to take advantage of the weather on Saturday for another chance to go to Panorama Point. What a difference from two weeks ago! We drove up and out of the foggy lowlands and into a clear, sunny, WARM mountain Paradise. I immediately stripped down to the ever-fashionable thermal underwear/shorts combo and kicked myself for not bringing anything short-sleeved.

We strapped on our snowshoes and headed up to Glacier Vista. JK and Carlos brought skis, so they put them on for a quick run while I ambled over to the hill up to Panorama Point. I figured they would catch up to me in no time, but apparently skis are heavy. rolleyes.gif I guess I've finally found the secret ingredient that makes me faster than them. I spent 20 minutes or so lazing around on a rock by Panorama Point until they made it up, then ate lunch while the boys (now topless) recovered.

Up the escalator
Up the escalator
Looking down
Looking down
Apparently even a t-shirt was to warm for Carlos
Apparently even a t-shirt was to warm for Carlos

The weather was too good to turn around, so after lunch we moseyed upward. We toyed around with the idea of going to Camp Muir, but we would have needed an earlier start and less tooling around. Plus now we have an excuse to go back in the near future. Our high point for the day was a rocky knob that I can only assume is McClure Rock (it had a cairn and a summit marker, but I couldn't make out what it said).

*wheeze*
*wheeze*
Boys with skis
Boys with skis
JK posing in his new non-yellow pants
JK posing in his new non-yellow pants
The Big Rock Candy Mountain
The Big Rock Candy Mountain
McClure Rock?
McClure Rock?
In awe of Adams
In awe of Adams

The guys started changing to skis for the descent and I ran down (so I could take photos) and promptly twisted my ankle. Lame. At least I could glissade most of the way back. agree.gif

Whee!
Whee!
About to drop down, leaving me in the dust
About to drop down, leaving me in the dust
Into the blue
Into the blue
That afternoon light
That afternoon light
Snowboarder
Snowboarder
Someone who knows what he's doing
Someone who knows what he's doing
Lazin' on a sunny afternoon
Lazin' on a sunny afternoon
JK and Carlos
JK and Carlos
Sun dog
Sun dog

I hobbled back to the parking lot and watched the beginning sunset and the resident fox while icing my ankle and letting the boys pack up. Even with the wee ankle snafu, I'm going to have to rate this as my best winter trip so far. It's hard to believe it's February!

Bushy tail, purdy eyes
Bushy tail, purdy eyes
A bit of alpenglow
A bit of alpenglow
Sunset on the way down
Sunset on the way down
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GeoTom
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PostMon Feb 09, 2009 4:48 pm 
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Hey, you wrote a TR!  up.gif

I'm not sure if I can tell the difference in visibility from your trip 2 weeks ago and this one though.  clown.gif

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PostMon Feb 09, 2009 4:50 pm 
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what a beautiful day!  thanks for sharing your trip....fantastic photos of course! up.gif

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Karen˛
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PostMon Feb 09, 2009 5:35 pm 
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Bravo, what beautiful photos!  Sure wish I was there instead stuck in bed with the flu all weekend.   frown.gif   Looks like you had a near perfect outing (all except for the ankle incident).  That shot of the fox is awesome, makes me want to take the trip down just to get a pic of it!   agree.gif
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PostMon Feb 09, 2009 5:43 pm 
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I so want to see that fox sometime! Nice trip! This is my 2nd favorite area, Sunrise is my top pic!
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PostMon Feb 09, 2009 5:52 pm 
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Love the fox shot!
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Layback
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PostMon Feb 09, 2009 5:54 pm 
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Thanks for the TR.  That fox shot is priceless.   up.gif
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Sadie's Driver
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PostMon Feb 09, 2009 6:36 pm 
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Layback wrote:
Thanks for the TR.  That fox shot is priceless.   up.gif

ditto.gif  up.gif  cool.gif   s.d.

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PostTue Feb 10, 2009 3:43 am 
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Wow, that fox pic is very cool.

Sorry to hear about the twisted ankle.  Heal up!  smile.gif
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PostTue Feb 10, 2009 10:54 am 
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Ingunn wrote:
In awe of Adams
In awe of Adams

We've heard Adams has a great glissade but somehow we keep missing it... let us know if your group needs some extra sherpas for this year's attempt.
We'd loved to finally summit, regardless of the fun slide availability!
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Gabigabs
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PostTue Feb 10, 2009 11:23 am 
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Awesome shots of gorgeous area. Sorry to hear about your injury. Hope it'll heal soon.

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PostTue Feb 10, 2009 11:46 am 
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Beautiful shots.

How long has that fox been hanging around the parking lot anyway - or is it a different fox year after year???

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Ingunn
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PostTue Feb 10, 2009 11:55 am 
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When we went two weeks ago we saw two different foxes (one was a little more red), so I think they're working in shifts. wink.gif
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PostTue Feb 10, 2009 12:02 pm 
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Fabulous pictures!  Obvious it was well worth a return visit for you, even with a messed up ankle.   up.gif (to the trip and pics, not your tweaked ankle   winksmile.gif )
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