Sunday, July 28, 2013

BACK TO THE WATERSHED

After 4 long day hikes in a short period of time the knees are telling me to slow down......it's hard to stay out of the mountains on these perfect Summer days.
I choose Grand Park in Mount Rainier NP for the last of the 4 hikes even though the 3rd hike was to the same location.  Reason for such redundancy was my hiking partner who is nutso over frogs....and tadpoles.
The Grand Park hike has a large meadow pond that teems with tadpoles and frogs...and a few salamanders.
So it was an easy choice....I also though it would be easy enough to not stress out the knees too much...so much for that line of illogical thought.
So we are back off the beach and into the watershed....but the frogs and tadpoles made it well worth the pain and my hiking partner went nuts...another bonus.

THE POND AND A FEW RESIDENTS........

Meadow and Pond

Pond
video

Cascade Frog tadpoles

Tadpoles

Noelle absorbed with tadpoles

so many tadpoles

and more

Cotton Grass

Indian Paintbrush

Flies stuck on Deer Fly tape

Stuck Deer Fly

Nothing tastes better for lunch on a hike

Cascade Frog

Here's looking at you..

And more 
Face of Nature

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