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|
|Cascade Frog tadpoles|
|Noelle absorbed with tadpoles|
|so many tadpoles|
|Flies stuck on Deer Fly tape|
|Stuck Deer Fly|
|Nothing tastes better for lunch on a hike|
|Here's looking at you..|
Face of Nature