Although the blowdowns of last winter have clogged many a trail, this is the time of year for the hikers, the horsemen, the berry-pickers and everybody who likes our mountains.
And aren’t there lots of options of where to go: the Enchantments or the Lady Lakes, the Crest Trail north and south, the Entiat or the Sawtooths, and of course the huge Pasayten wilderness.
No wonder that outdoor lovers come to this area.
I remember my first outing on Icicle Ridge, when my dad had us packed in one fall. I was about ten years old, with a thin Kapok sleeping bag and a very cold night. I cuddled too close to the fire, whose sparks burned holes in that poor bag that night.
Dad didn’t hike much, but he loved the mountains, and got on a horse once in a while, reciting his favorite saying of William Tell: “Ye Crags and Peaks, I am with you once again.”
There’s nothing like the smell of breakfast in the woods over an open fire, the bacon and the pancakes.
What a place!