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Nancyann
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PostSun Oct 04, 2020 11:47 am 
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Just an update to Aaron and Ozzy’s trip from a week ago.
Hiking Partner and I hiked up Hatchery Creek Thursday in hot smog and wondered if we had made a bad choice.  Thankfully a wind came up in the middle of the night that blew all the smoke away. At dawn, it looked like a fairy had waved her wand and transformed the landscape into a magical golden and orange paradise.

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All our efforts the previous day had paid off and further exploration beckoned...

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When we returned to our camp at the end of the day, which we previously had all to ourselves, we were greeted by a miniature tent city. Thankfully, everyone was quiet and respectful, awestruck by the ethereal and almost surreal beauty that surrounded them.

Saturday morning it was time to leave, happy that our smoky gamble had paid off and feeling very blessed to have spent a few days in such an amazing paradise!

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PostSun Oct 04, 2020 12:39 pm 
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Pretty!

To be fair though, when it is dawn everything is orange even without larches at times smile.gif))
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PostMon Oct 05, 2020 2:39 pm 
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Gorgeous photos!!  Thanks for the TR.  I am heading up in that general area next weekend and looking forward to the Larches.
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PostMon Oct 05, 2020 9:35 pm 
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So beautiful, Nancyann!  You did luck out with the combination of lighting and golden larches!

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PostMon Oct 05, 2020 11:10 pm 
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Snuffy and Kitya, I honestly couldn’t believe what I was seeing, the gold and orange colors were so intense. I think it was because as the sun was rising, it was filtering through smoke down by Leavenworth.
Downhill, we only saw one person all day in the Painter Creek Basin, but on Saturday a steady stream of hikers was coming in on the Hatchery Creek Trail, so expect lots of company!
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PostTue Oct 06, 2020 7:43 pm 
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Nancyann wrote:
we only saw one person all day in the Painter Creek Basin

I'll will have to remember that for next year!

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PostTue Oct 06, 2020 8:03 pm 
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Looking awesome out there Nancyann!  I'm glad you made the trip, looks beautiful!
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PostWed Oct 07, 2020 8:14 am 
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Nancyann!

next year I'm coming to stay with you and check out the larches,  biggrin.gif   pretty, please?

thanks for sharing such awesome golden photos!

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PostWed Oct 07, 2020 8:19 am 
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Of course bobbi, we would have a fine time! agree.gif
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PostFri Oct 09, 2020 9:16 am 
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We were just up there, chased out by incoming weather yesterday. It was a long hot slog and I was questioning whether it was worth it, but wow it was! There were only a few people on the trail and they were all happy and in awe of the surroundings.

Great photos of the golden light.
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PostTue Oct 13, 2020 9:35 pm 
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Nancyann wrote:
Downhill, we only saw one person all day in the Painter Creek Basin, but on Saturday a steady stream of hikers was coming in on the Hatchery Creek Trail, so expect lots of company!

I have my secrets  wink.gif
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