Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Sawtooths (Day 5)


After packing everything up, we went for a fairly quick hike up to Norton Lake. Was really wanting to do a longer hike to Sawtooth Lake but there was a pretty hefty fire nearby, and I'm not really a fan of low visibility and smoke. So, that's on the to-do list for next time. Norton was really pretty -the water was a really nice blue/green. And I heard yet more pikas! Got in the lake, which is always a stupid decision at 8500 feet but some attempt at 'bathing' was necessary at that point. Not the coldest water I've been in, but it was definitely brutal, oh yeah.
Hiked back down and started driving north. Had to put on the brakes for a big ol' badger casually crossing the road. Made it to Sula, MT around 10pm. Abc Wednesday (N=Norton Lake), Watery Wednesday Outdoor Wednesday Weekend Reflections

37 comments:

Woody said...

The stump in the first shot is really intriguing. Your photos take me to a different place, which I really appreciate!

Dan said...

Looks beautiful and the water looks very clear... but cold!! You're braver than me!!

Sylvia K said...

Terrific captures as always, Jill! Beautiful lake, but it does look cold! I'm with Dan, I think you're braver than I am!! Have a great week!

Sylvia

photowannabe said...

You were hiking in some really rugged country. A fascinating view of the Norton Lake. The water looks too cold for me..thank you!

Steve Borichevsky said...

Hmmm...shouldn't that be Sawteeth? Sorry, couldn't resist. This is an enchanted place.

LisaF said...

Looks like a fabulous place to spend time and refuel the spirit. Your shots are beautiful.

Roger Owen Green said...

I esp love the driftwood in the foreground of the 1st pic, but they're all NICE.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Leslie: said...

Awesome scenery! :D

Mary Howell Cromer said...

This area that you are traversing is really beautiful and the colour of the water in the one capture, wow~

Tumblewords: said...

I'm glad you're brave enough to travel these backwoods areas and photograph them so beautifully for us to see!

Janie said...

The Sawtooths are just beautiful. I love the color of the water.

Marie said...

Sawtooth looks gorgeous.

Kitty said...

That looks like an interesting place - the hills look so dry I'm amazed there's a lake there at all! Lovely blues and greens and turquoises.

Carolyn Ford said...

What delightful scenery and I am SO impressed with your energy level to back pack like this! We just got back from 4 days in the Eastern Sierras...did a lot of hiking too. But, we hotel it at night. These are gorgeous shots of a magnificent part of the country...wow!

Shigune Matsui said...

Nature is always beautiful, unless someone goes and tries to pollute it that is. Here's mine http://thelunaticsdiary.blogspot.com/2010/10/neurotoxic-demon.html

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Great pictures! What a lovely area.

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

LV said...

What a beautiful place for a hike. I enjoyed taking it with you through your lens as I could never have walked it.

Rambling Round said...

I see why they're called Sawtooths! What beautiful, rugged country.

Jane said...

Beautiful! I love the Queen Anne's Lace...that's something I miss terribly here in Coastal FL...
Jane (artfully graced)

Kim, USA said...

Wow this place is beautiful!!
The Lake

Sharon's Landscape of Life said...

I wish I can go to that place soon lol It is perfect for camping :)
Happy watery wednesday. Visit mine if you can :)

bettyl said...

What lovely, clear water! Your shots are gorgeous!

lailani said...

Definitely gorgeous shots!

Gaelyn said...

It sure is beautiful country. But I can't imagine swimming at that elevation. Brrrr

Light and Voices said...

Beautiful country! My favorite image is of the tree trunk.
Joyce M

Michelle said...

I do love Wordless Wednesday for the lovely variety of pictures..Thank you ..adding your blog to google reader.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Simply stunning!!!! What a life....camping, enjoying mother nature as you do....beautiful.


Gulf Coast bird watching photo share Do stop by for a visit if time allows.

Tricia said...

Heheheee! The badger must have been a surprise! Beautiful photos... Love them!

NatureFootstep said...

I love the color of that water. That blue green shade is gorgeous. :)

Donnie said...

Your outdoors pictures are so beautiful. Especially the water shots.

Ann said...

Those slopes look like out Bethel sand dunes, Almost impossible for me to climb up.

Vernz said...

Wow, you sure is one lucky human to have witnessed such a beauty .. flawlessly beautiful..

My Weekend Reflections here

'Tsuki said...

What a nice bath you had there... The water is really beautiful with those very unique colors ; great subject of reflection... Thanks for sharing this great slice of hiker's life...

Pat Tillett said...

very nice photos! It looks like beautiful country! I've only been to the southern end of Idaho. I can see that I need see more...

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh my gosh Jill -- such a beautiful place. Others have commented on your bravery on jumping into the cold lake. I'd add that hiking back after dark makes you wayyyy braver than I!

Shirley said...

Great reflections in the first and fifth photos! The water looks great, if cold. Nice getaway.

Crafty Green Poet said...

that looks like a wonderful place to go hiking, lovely photos!