We watched the sun rise as we hiked the steep trail to Lower Crystal Lake.
Mount Helen was bathed in dawn's glow.
We clapped occasionally to alert bears and other creatures to our presence.
On the high tundra at 11, 595', we saw a tent pitched above Lower Crystal Lake.
Our daughter-in-law and grandchildren were surprised to see us.
Our son was already fly fishing in the cold mountain lake.
Bundled in pj's, coats, mittens, and hats, our grandchildren searched for wildflowers along Crystal Creek. A few pink paintbrush still bloomed. Many grasses and plants were turning amber and sienna from lowering temperatures.
Tiny tundra flowers glowed in the morning sun.
There were signs of the overnight frost.
At ages 5 and 6, our grandchildren use the majestic alpine tundra as a playground.
They learn quickly from their outdoor experiences.
We share our love of Nature with them.