There were a two sections of the trail with no snow-- sections about five yards long. The remainder of the trail was deep in snow, which thankfully was fairly firmly packed, so that we only sank in a few inches most of the time. I managed to stay more or less on the surface, but Steve sank through to his hip once. Despite the snow, however, it was a wonderful hike. The blue of the glacier was so BLUE (the photo doesn't do it justice). The mountains on either side were stunning, and all the more so with a juvenile eagle soaring over them and finally landing somewhere on a mountainside.
|Me painting Byron Glacier|
After hiking to Byron Glacier and also stopping for a walk at the Moose Flats Day Use Area (where I identified my first Orange-crowned Warbler), we drove to Hope and hiked along the Gull Rock Trail in the lush green of ferns and trees for a while. There we saw our first Varied Thrushes-- a male and female. What gorgeous birds! We kept hearing Varied Thrushes throughout that hike.
|Stephen on the Gull Rock Trail|
|American Wigeon (male)|
|Barrow's Goldeneye (male)|
New birds for my life list today: Barrow's Goldeye, Mew Gull, Orange-crowned Warbler, Varied Thrush, Red-necked Grebe