Sunday, July 20, 2014

Day 2 - June 29 - Cathedral Lakes - Lewis Creek

Mountain Blue Bells
Shooting Star

Day 2 - June 29 - White Wolf and Tuolumne Camps

Breakfast in While Wolf lodge. Actually we were the first ones there- waiting for breakfast to begin. We sat on the porch and studied our guide books like the good hiking nerds we are. We took a day hike to Lukens Lake. At the trailhead, Julianne was thrilled to find a posting of all the
wildflowers currently out on the trail - with some photos! So exciting to a wanna-be naturalist. I imagined how great it would be to walk around with a naturalist on this trail. Shooting Stars were abundant on the trail, just like the sign said!

Lukens Lake

So many flowers were seen on this short trail. Some of which I am mostly confident:

  • False Hellebore - Corn Lily
  • Shooting Stars
  • Lupine
  • Bolanders Locoweed
  • Gray's Lovage
  • Pussy Toes
  • Trail Plan
  • Paintbrush
  • Alpine Goldenrod
  • Large-leaved Lupine
  • Mountain Blue Bells

The round trip to Lukens was about 5 miles. We crossed numerous streams including the middle fork of the Tuolumne. The lake was peaceful with no mosquitoes. Rick hypothesized that the many dragonflies were eating them.

In the afternoon which we drove to Tuolumne, stopping at Olmsted Point and  Tenaya Lake.

There were some beautiful penstemon all over Olmsted Point, which we believe is Mountain Pride Penstemon.

Tuolumne Lodgewas not as nice as I remembered back a few years ago when we took Audra and her friend Aurelie. But it was adequate and conveniently located. We got our packs ready for backpacking the next day!

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