It went like this – Peter picked me up at 8 a.m. I’d never met Peter Berkey before. Turns out he’s one of the nicest people I’ve met in ages. So huge bonus points for the day on that one!
Next – we drove the truck to the first three-point turn switchback on the Wakefield Road to Idaho Peak. Then we hiked up the road to the trailhead because we were informed that road had not yet been cleared.
Turns out it was cleared. Grrr.
Okay – never mind. – We hiked. Peter had brought his machete so we were able to do some good trail clearing as we went up. It wasn’t as bad as the first time. Up we went. It rained off and on – no big deal. The temperatures were nice for hiking uphill.
And, it seemed in no time at all, we were at the snow gully. And darnitall! It was still totally filled with ice! Peter even tried carving steps with his machete. No go! We started climbing up the side – no go. Too steep. Too slippery. Too dangerous.
Sadly, we turned back. Grrrr.
We consoled ourselves with the knowledge that we were outside hiking, which is good, we met a new friend, which is good, and we wouldn’t have had much of a view anyway.
It’s going to be at least a month before we can cross that gully.
But seriously, it’s awfully nice to make a new friend who lives in the area and who wants to be part of our little hiking group. Yay!
Good day all around.