Into the Burn
Way back in 1910 a series of forest fires torched the Northern Rockies. Depending on the quoted source, the fires may have numbered in the thousands. Catastrophic winds at the most inopportune time coalesced many of the fires into a few huge ones. There was a great loss of life, property and timber. No doubt a lot of elk got barbecued too.
Well, one of the burned areas straddles the Montana and Idaho border. Appropriately known as the Great Burn, it's been considered as a candidate for wilderness designation. I hope that it receives some protection. It's a neat area.
Here are a few images from a overnight trip to the Montana side of the burn. The lead photo doesn't do justice to the overwhelming serenity of the morning.
Although I hiked alone, I had plenty of company. A pair of inquisitive hummingbirds hovered outside my open tent door while I sipped coffee at daybreak. Soon after, a moose announced its arrival by belly-flopping into the lake. Meanwhile, a greater yellowlegs surveyed the lake for hours from the same piece of driftwood. And, I got a few mountain goat photos along the trail.
Mostly, I'd hoped to pick huckleberries. But alas, they were still green. It would be weeks before they would be ripe.