What was supposed to be a 5.5 mile, 1200 ft elevation hike turned into a 10.18 mile, 2286 ft elevation one! Let's just put it this way: Sometimes when you hike, you lose your way! When we made it back to the car, I personally haven't been that happy in a long time. Despite our miscalculations, we experienced a number of memorable highlights: beautiful views, the buffet, the storyteller, a chat and nature walk with the owner of The Swag, wildflowers, new friends, the sing-along/name-that-tune fun (maybe why we got lost!), the elk, the Coca-Cola that kept me alive, Little Prince, Janet's smartphone, forest shade, a crazy number of chipmunks, and Prince song trivia in the car.
and my video (includes elk footage)
more on Donald Davis, one of the nation's best storytellers
and some more fun pics