This is a collection of friends staying in the "low rent district" of Placid Lake State Park (ie, one of the loops without electricity.) It looks like we are way past Wine o'clock already. Left to right are Dick, Susie, Steve, Kathy, and Jan. Dick and Jan's Bigfoot Trailer is in the background.
The next morning, Steve, Kathy, Susie and I took a hike to Morrell Falls. The round trip was about six miles, and generally easy hiking. Some nice mushrooms on this log.
Lower Morrell Falls. To get to the upper Falls, it is a steep climb
Some flowers in the foreground.
So climb we did.
Early Friday evening, we are gathering on the lawn for the evening festivities. Roger (standing left) is talking with another friend named Kathy, Donna, Craig, and Bob. David is sitting in the foreground, and the Steve and Kathy we hiked with are to the left, standing.
The crowd is starting to gather for music and the program by Jack Gladstone.
The next morning, because Susie and I were involved in the afternoon activities, we had to settle for a couple of short hikes. One was through (2x times to get some more exercise) the Girard Grove, which has huge larch trees.
A more artsy shot.
You can walk out to the access road to where you can get a view of the Clearwater River. Very tranquil.
And this is "Gus", the tallest (2 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty, they say) and oldest (ca. 1000 years) larch tree on the Continent.
Some interesting fungi
Back at Seeley Lake, cleaned up and ready to work our Chapter's booth, teaching people about the "Ten Essentials of hiking" Roger has a lot of props in front of him.
Susie got this photo of one of the dogs wearing one of our Chapter's 50th Anniversary bandanas.
Here are Roger and David working the booth.
Ruth (on the right holding the bag) has joined up with David to do some of the teaching.
Roger was a bit startled as he walked back to the car to pick up some more props. He caught the grizz peering between two vehicles. Anyway, it is always important in Montana to be "bear aware."
The crowd just starting to gather for the Mission Mountain Wood Band.
People even came to the gathering by boat that night. One estimate by a professional event planner was that nearly 2000 people showed up. Now THAT is a party.
But you can't party all the time. You gotta hike. So while Roger was in an all day Council meeting, Steve and Kathy took Susie on a hike.
Susie had to get her photo taken at the Wilderness Boundary sign. The three of them are hiking to Hemlock Lake
Steve and Kathy relaxing at lunch.
Kathy hiking down through some of the fall foliage.
Roger is back from his all day meeting, and it looks like it is past Wine O'Clock. Sharing stories of the day.
The next day, it was just Susie and I, as most folks had headed home, so we drove north of Seeley Lake to do a hike to Heart and Crescent Lakes.
Roger at the Wilderness Boundary Sign.