Excellent weekend of camping and hiking!

We got to hike out by Salmon Lake on Veteran’s Day!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We got a good dose of nature, fresh air and exercise! 🙂OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The three amigos!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. ~Albert EinsteinOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

And even though the mountains are so mesmerizing, don’t forget to look down at your feet!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe little lichens that the reindeer eat through the snow in the winter, called reminder moss or caribou moss. 😛 Per some scientific theories, the lichens may reflect ultraviolet light that the reindeer may be able to see. Or something crazy like that! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Feeling so alive!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I love this ethereal Arctic soft-glowing light. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

These cranberries were at their peak sweetness, and frozen and kind of tasted like little cranberry popsicles!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

There was a whole giant patch of crow berries!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Wolf foot prints!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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I love these little weird lichens on the tundra. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

They kind of look like something you would see in a Dr. Seuss book! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This is Cladonia asahinae, or pixie cup lichen…or Dr. Seuss Lichen. I found out by googling tee-shaped lichen. 🙂OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Doing the chicken dance walk to keep warm!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks. ~John MuirOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Later we tried to drive out to the hot springs, but got caught in a snow storm and then got stuck on top of the pass. So we hung out in the moonlight by Salmon Lake instead. 🙂OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The mountains in the magic moonlight.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Pathway to the moon.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Super moonOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sitting by the campfire on the beach. No place I’d rather be!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Like sparks to the sea. …sounds like an old quote or something. 🙂OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

A man and his fire. Why can’t that be enough? …Seth Kantner said something like this in his stunningly beautiful book “Ordinary Wolves.”OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

“We don’t need a lot of money, we’ll be sleeping on the beach, keeping oceans within reach. …We’re gonna be alright, you can close your eyes tonight.” -Over the RhineOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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