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Someone else coined the term ‘cardio Wednesdays’ and I’ve taken it to heart. Three weeks in a row Luna and I have joined other dogs and women for a brisk uphill hike to someplace with a great view and wonderful wildflowers. This week we went down-valley to hike with Lindsey and her three canine companions in a canyon pretty much in her backyard. We walked an abandoned road up, up, up til we came to a tremendous viewpoint of the snow-covered Sawtooth Mountains underlined with banks of yellow balsamroot sunflowers. Then we followed the ridge to a flat spot, the site of an old hunters’ camp, where we rested before heading down the other side of the ridge. It was a great morning hike.

Ponderosa pines have a wonderful scent when the sun hits the bark

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A puffball emerges from the forest duff

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The Sawtooth’s lie between the Methow Valley and Lake Chelan

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Evidence of old logging activity

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Luna catches her breath

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Balsamroot

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and more balsamroot

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and still more

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Moose is an old dog who still loves his walks

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A relic, possibly from an old hunting camp

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Arnica lines this forest floor. I missed getting photos of the blooming patches.

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A tremendous wildlife tree

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and another one

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Down through fields of balsamroot

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Lindsey points out another trail we could have taken

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Shiny beetle on lupine buds

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Looking back up

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