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Highwalker's Daughter
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PostSat Aug 08, 2009 3:26 pm 
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I planned these 4 days at a friend's cabin near Silver Springs Campground in order for my mom to get in some hikes.  There are some easy ones that are truly gorgeous, and I knew she would love the area.  We did the hikes in easy, harder, easy, harder order.  This was day 3 - easy.  First day: Noble Knob; 2nd Day= Norse Peak; Day 3 described here; Day 4 Crystal Lakes and Peak.

We first went to the section of the PCT heading to Sheep Lake and Sourdough Gap.  It is flat for a good mile before turning left up into a woodsy/meadow area.  Then it gains some elevation - didn't seem like much, but the guidebook says 1000 to the lake.  It was one of the prettier lakes I've seen - down in a bowl but lovely green.  I stared up at the PCT going across the ridge above us with drool hanging out of my mouth - wanting to go run up and do that section, but this hike was for my mom - not for me.  We muckled around the lake and had lunch there.  My mom said she could easily spend the day there, but we wanted to check out a bit of the Naches Peak Loop as I remembered that it was one of the best flower places - it did not disappoint!

We headed back toward the Naches Peak Loop and went out as far as the tarn.  We spent a good hour there.  My mom was deliriously happy to be in the high country surrounded by phenomenal flowers with minimum effort.

Stats:  6 miles roundtrip more or less and a little more than 1000 feet of gain

friend's cabin - our base camp - no running water but a roof over our heads
friend's cabin - our base camp - no running water but a roof over our heads
happy mom enjoying the flowers at Tipsoo Lake
happy mom enjoying the flowers at Tipsoo Lake
part of Sheep Lake
part of Sheep Lake
mom enjoying being out on the trail
mom enjoying being out on the trail
thirsty doggie
thirsty doggie
some of the flowers on Naches Peak Loop
some of the flowers on Naches Peak Loop
more flowers
more flowers
the tarn
the tarn
my mom on the trail
my mom on the trail
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PostSat Aug 08, 2009 3:41 pm 
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I just love the pictures of your Mom still out there enjoying the trails! Makes me smile! winksmile.gif

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PostSat Aug 08, 2009 3:47 pm 
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Yes, I hope to be out on the trail at 79 1/2 also - even if I do have to do it on two artificial knees as she now has!   up.gif
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PostSat Aug 08, 2009 5:18 pm 
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Now that's cool!   up.gif
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PostSat Aug 08, 2009 6:02 pm 
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Your mum looks like a trail angel!!! up.gif  up.gif

So glad you got out with her, and catered to her desires and abilities.  It's terrific you got out together.  Time is so precious.

I love my mom too. smile.gif  smile.gif  smile.gif  Now more than ever. up.gif
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PostSat Aug 08, 2009 6:20 pm 
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Awesome pics! I think I'm headed here tomorrow, hoping for no rain..
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