Hiking to Crater Lake, Revisited

Today’s post originally published about a year ago, as I concluded a trip to Maroon Bells in Colorado. As I re-post this, I have just completed another visit to this area and will have several posts from the Maroon Bells, including another wonderful hike with my good friend Adam Jack, to Crater Lake. Until I […]

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Wildflowers of Crater Lake

As we left Crater Lake, walking down the trail, we came upon 3 wildflowers that we had not seen around Maroon Lake. The first one was one of my favorites, Blue Columbine, a beautiful but dainty-looking wildflower:       The next one we found was Indian Paintbrush, which grew in small clumps in one […]

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Here A Quack, There A Quack, Everywhere A Quack Quack!

Upon arriving at Crater Lake, we took a short break to eat some snacks and just enjoy our surroundings (check this out if you missed the Crater Lake landscape images!). While we were sitting there, we saw several ducks on the far side of Crater Lake. A short time later, we saw a hen with […]

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Golden Critters Found at Crater Lake

When we hiked to Crater Lake, we had a colony of Golden-mantled Ground Squirrels (Spermophilus lateralis) that became active as the sun rose above the treeline. Here are a couple of my favorite images:     Cute little guys! They resemble the numerous Colorado Chipmunks that seemed to be everywhere. But the biggest differences were […]

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Fun Friday: “You Tourists are Boring Me!”

Today’s “Fun Friday” post comes from along the Crater Lake Trail, in Colorado’s Maroon Bells area. As Adam and I hiked back down the mountain from Crater Lake, we had this cute little Pika that was very patient with us, sitting on a rock, watching us, and yawning! Here is a sequence that shows the […]

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Mountain Climbing, Anyone?

One of the surprises Adam and I found along the Crater Lake Trail was totally unexpected. As we hiked the trail, we had just come across an area where several pikas were scurrying among the loose rocks (“A ‘Life’ Mammal … On Top of the Mountain”). We decided it would be best to find a […]

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