we head for home, and with camera cards and memory banks full, it was a hike that was well worth the wait. We’d planned this one since last April, and after being in this “enchanting” place, it becomes a high priority to do it again next year, maybe when it’s a little warmer? We might miss the beauty of the golden Larches, but…I’m sure the warmth of Summer will be welcome.
Some things that we didn’t see, that I was hoping for, were the Mountain Goats. I’ve seen so many pictures of them from this area, up close, that I was disappointed that we didn’t see. I figure they were smarter than we, and found a nice place to hunker down away from the wind.
Other than that, I don’t believe we had any other mishap to darken the trip. If you Google, or Yahoo the Enchantments on the web, you will find many examples of pictures, and words that try valiantly to describe the area, but of course, you might have guessed already there is truly no description that will match the wonder that is this place.
I leave you with a quick excerpt from one of the on line authors, that does do justice : “LEAVENWORTH — It seems as though you’re tripping through the inner sanctum of the gods in the Upper Enchantments, all stark granite and ice at 7,800 feet, crowned by dragon-toothed peaks, adorned with lakes and tarns linked by meltwater rivulets. It’s a place where clouds billow through passes and fall’s angular light casts subdued shadows.The ambience is of another place, another time, a lost world.Only it’s not lost.” Excerpted from Greg Johnston, Seattle PI reporter, Oct. 2004