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Friday, August 27, 2010

Camping on the Red Lodge Plateau



Our camp on the plateau
This picture was taken about 6:30 AM, as the sun was reaching our campsite.
We'd camped atop the plateau because I was experiencing extreme leg cramps and felt I could not make it the next 1 1/2 miles to Sylvan Lake before dark.
It turned out to be one of the most peaceful camps I have ever experienced in the wilderness.
At this altitude, plant life is stunted and animals are infrequent. Our camp was completely silent. No sounds of wind, moving water, insects, or animals. It was a very unique experience!
And when we got up in the night to relieve ourselves - the stars were AMAZING with a 360 degree view and SO BRIGHT!

The cairns guided us across the plateau, and then the trail started dropping down into the Hellroaring Creek Valley.
One of the few animals we saw on the plateau - this

Pelidne Sulphur Butterfly. I used this website to identify it!

1 comment:

Rose Legge said...

My husband and I came through near there a week ago. It is beautiful there in a very raw way.
Rose Legge