We got invited by a friend and his buddy to go backpacking to Caribou Lakes in the Trinity Alps. Left the ranch before dawn and after a lengthy drive and 8.5 mile hike we entered a gorgeous alpine wonderland. We couldn't have been happier.
This is our friend's buddy. I fell in love with this dog; super sweet, but no pushover. Amazingly good at hiking for being 77 years old and he knew his way around the mountain better than us too. We hiked to the ridge above Caribou Lakes this morning and got off trail a couple times, but Boomer always found the way. He really seemed to enjoy the views too. (In this photo he is looking at Sapphire and Emerald lakes.) Later, I found out that we shared a similar love of swimming in high mountain lakes. I didn't quite get his stick gathering though, so maybe Mark doesn't have to worry too much about being replaced.
Hiked out under some cloud cover today and it was a good thing too as we all swam in the sun a little too much the day before and had a bit of a sunburn. Some of us more than others. Thanks again Dave for inviting us. (If you would like to see more photos of our hike, I'll be posting later in the week at our hiking blog: www.happiesthiking.blogspot.com)