|Alone at Overall Run Falls|
|Not a Good Sign: Almost Another Gunther|
|Water Screaming into the Swimming Hole|
As we were dealing with the map, up walked the group, a dozen or so strong, from REI. No matter how quiet these groups are, they are always loud. Ann and I beat a hasty retreat south down the trail to get some space between us and them. Fortunately, it appears that they went east directly to the falls and left us alone on the loop trail.
|Small Fall on Overall Run|
A few minutes up the trail, it got a bit chillier and I put my beanie and gloves back on. And soon it began to flurry. Nearly to the top, just below the campground, Annie and I pulled up on a fallen tree and ate lunch. I surprised Annie with a Z-seat on which to park her buns. At 2 ounces, it is a luxury item that I am always willing to carry.
Lunch was well earned. My wraps always taste good, but after a long climb, sitting in the cold on a log looking out at the mountains with snow flurries whipping around, they taste awesome! Today's wraps were aged goat cheese, pork terrine, hummus, and microgreens. After I get out of the cheffing business, I am going to miss access to all these great ingredients on a regular basis.
|Super Steep Headed Down to Falls|
|Ice and Whitewater|
|Upper Fall at f/8|
|Upper Fall at f/20|
|The Big Fall|
|Annie's Obligatory Boot Shot|
|Looking Out West From the Falls|
|Still Life with Pine Tree|
|Icicles on the Cliff Face|
Down in the bottom following the creek downhill and to the west back towards the car, the trail is extremely intimate with the creek. At times, it seems that the trail really is part of the creek bed as you can see in the photo below (or can't see to be more precise). If there were not a blue blaze, you would not guess that this is a photo of a trail. Suffice it to say that sections of the trail along the creek are very rocky and the worst sort of rocky, small, loose, and shifty.
|There's a Trail Here?|
|Fourth Fording of the Creek|
|We Saw No Bears, But...|
While I was sitting at the bar contemplating which IPA to get I found a tiny tick crawling across my sleeve. I know we have had a warm winter, but I didn't think we needed to worry about ticks in January. Live and learn.
|Seriously?!? In January?|
|PaveMint: Post-Hike Beers|