I think we put more miles/kilometers in today than any previous day we've worked so far... it was awesome!!! Although my knee is aching, I feel it's a very small price to pay to see what we saw, and experience what we experienced. Our job (Matt, Bob, and I) was to pack about half of the gear back to a place called Flynns Tarn, which is about two clicks behind Cradle Mountain. All together, I think we put in about 14 kilometers today, which is a pretty decent haul considering the terrain we were traversing.
|Twisted Lakes (We call them Twisted Sisters)|
Although we didn't get to do any coring today, I feel like we still contributed to the overall mission of the project. By bringing the gear back, we alleviated the rest of the crew from having to do this tomorrow. From what I understand we will be coring back behind Cradle for the next two days. Some of us may stay overnight, and the rest will be coming out most likely, simply to cut down on gear. Otherwise we will have to pack tents, food, stove and water all the way back to this place, which I don't think any of us are quite willing to do at this point... I don't know, I may be wrong on this. Either way, I can't wait to get back to this location, it was probably the 'wildest', most ancient spot we've seen so far. I felt like a pterodactyl would swoop down on us at any moment. It almost reminded me of the Eastern Front of the Rocky Mountains though, except for the vegetation and geo-morphological features of the surrounding mountainside. So, in short, it was nothing like the eastern front, but it did remind me of it.
|Matt is explaining some geology to Bob I think|
|View from just below Cradle Mountain|
|Cradle Mountain is on the right|
|This mountain reminds me of Chief Mountain, but without 'The Front'|
Once we'd finished hauling the gear, we cruised around Cradle Mountain and did the long hike over Cradle Plateau, over Marion's Lookout, and then down around Crater Lake, where a really cool old-growth Athrotaxis selaginoides stand was awaiting my camera right around Crater Falls.
|More Crater Falls|
|This is me being excited|
|My meditation location by Crater Falls|
|She doesn't look pleased|