An Abundance of Enthusiasm (Jewel Basin, Pt. 2)

After our two-mile warmup jaunt to the trailhead, Micah and I took off down one of Jewel Basin‘s trails where we encountered a bit more snow. Luckily, we have terrific attitudes when it comes to the elements. Plus, it helped that a billion other hikers and snowshoers had come before us and stamped down the trail. After a few miles, we hit a saddle and got a pretty good glimpse at Twin Lakes.

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Twin Lakes area in Jewel Basin.

Buoyed by our success of reaching the saddle, Micah and I reached a trail junction and decided to take our chances on a snowier trail. Off we tromped, full of enthusiasm and carving a path in shin/knee-deep snow. Trail blazing through the snow is hard, sweaty work I tell you.

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Micah graciously providing some footprints for me and my tennis shoes to follow.

Eventually we completely lost both where the trail went and a chunk of our enthusiasm, plus the clouds were moving in. 1.5 hours and probably just as many miles later (snow hiking can be slow going, I tell you), we arrived, covered in snow, back at the junction and headed down the original trail.

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Heading back to the trail junction. Twin Lakes off to the right.

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Back on the original trail. Bless those snowshoers.

Also, here’s a photo of Micah earlier in the day when we had more smiles and enthusiasm.

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There will be no photos of me because I approach every hike like I approach everything else: dressed poorly.

And here’s a photo of possibly poisonous berries. 20161120_jewel-basin_low-res_05

The last two miles from the trailhead to the car were brutal. We might have driven back to Missoula and made mulled wine.

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