A magical place worth returning to again and again. This is where I took my first backpacking trip many years ago. Unfortunately the area has also been overused. The powers that be seem to finally realize that limited entry is sorely needed and long overdue. Someone left an entire bag of garbage along with the usual wads of toilet paper and orange peels that seem ubiquitous to many formerly wild places. Climate change, fire suppression and invasive species (other than the human kind) are effecting the alpine meadows. More trees are springing up in meadows that were once open. Still, there is beauty here. Perhaps I need to start photographing the crazy detritus left behind as to raise awareness about the impact...the thoughtlessness...the forgetfulness, if I'm being kind.
Jenny Gapp, has twenty years experience as a teacher librarian, four seasons as a seasonal state park ranger assistant, and two summers adventuring with National Parks in an official capacity.