Yesterday, I found myself a nice rock to sit on and watched bluebirds.
This morning, I got an invitation to climb Mt. Washburn. When we got there, the sky was filled with low clouds, the wind was ferocious, and there was snow in the air. A perfect day for hiking!
There are two wide routes to the top; we took the Chittenden Road (not open to vehicle traffic).
Nowhere else along the route does it look anything like that photo. It's usually a wide open view. Our goal was the lookout tower in the next photo.
We made it!
From the top, that's a look at the road not taken, with the Hayden Valley in the background.
Through a window of the lookout tower (it felt so good to be out of the wind), I found a pika who sat still for seconds at a time.
It wasn't a great day for long distance shots, but this is part of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River with Yellowstone Lake behind it.
Since it is a fire tower, you get information about the 1988 fires.
The tower also has a logbook where people from all over the world sign in since this is a very popular hike--a chance to get over 10,000 feet via only three miles of gradual climbing.
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