National parks are crowded this time of year. We left the hotel early and caught the second ferry across the lake hoping to beat the crowds.
As you read this, I want you to be aware you do not need to put on your river hiking shoes or carry a rain shell or pack snacks or your bear spray or your water. I will take it all. You just put your feet up and scroll down as you hike with me.
Our first site was the lovely mountains on the other side.
We startled one sleepy merganser as we scooted across the lake on the ferry.
The park is not great about marking trails, so I took the photo above in the event we got lost. Our hike was from the boat dock on the right to inspiration point up the windy trail and then we walked a mile or so down the Cascade Canyon trail before returning to the dock.
We could hear the rush of the waters long before we reached the actual falls. We could not have heard a bear if he was hot on our trail!
While most of the day hikers crossed the bridge and turned around to go back down the way they came, we trudged on. That is my brother taking my photo while I take his!
It was lovely before it turned more ominous as the incline grew.
Hubby is checking his GPS.
This incline gave me pause. It was not crowded which meant some fool coming down would not trip and push me off the mountain! That is my brother and his wife at the top.
We kept trudging on because we had heard there was a moose in the winding river, but he was never seen by us. We did see one tiny pika as he darted through the scree.
We finally admitted it was time to turn around and we took the much gentler slope back to the dock. Now you can get the gravel out of your shoes and put your feet up.