Panorama of upper pool and waterfall
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We had been experiencing very high winds over the last few days but felt the hike would be okay as it would be more sheltered in the narrow river valley. Since our previous visit there had been a very strong wildfire which went through this whole area. What was beautiful today was the sheer number and variety of flowers starting the process of regeneration. As we were taking our time there was plenty of opportunity to try and capture these on film. Now the long process of trying to identify them!
Recent rains meant that the river was flowing well and the waterfalls into the top and second pools were really beautiful. Far to cold for swimming but I did paddle my feet at our lunch spot where we had a lovely picnic (cheese, sausage, chicken and some salad) on our way down! Great sitting by some small pools watching the water tumbling over the rocks into them. Would be beautiful to see it frozen but it never gets that cold here.
Some traumas on the hike, a twisted knee, badly cut arm from a fall on a slippery rock and some anxiety around the terrain which is difficult if you are not used to picking your way across rocks. For once, unusually I was unscathed and even remained fairly clean (by my standards)! However a beer back at the car ( thanks Merle) bought out lots of smiles and all agreed it was a good day, or at least one that would be remembered for a long time.
One thing that bought me real pleasure was seeing how happy Merle was to get to the top pool and also how blown away Paul was at seeing it for the first time. It is good to see things through other people’s eyes.
Screen show of our photos focusing on the spring flowers we found