Rodents and High Places

chipmunks_are_too_cute

It seems the chipmunks are the friendliest critters around. They are everywhere, and fast as lightning when they want to be.

squirrel_but_i_really_like_the_tree

The squirrels have little man syndrome most times. Did I say that before? They bark and make crazy noises at you when you pass by.

can_you_find_the_pika

Pika’s a cute cuddly hamsters. Though I’m sure you wouldn’t want to just pick one up, at least not after you did.

waterfall_below_middle_teton

There is something about the amount of work it takes to get to a vista. Sometimes the vista is awe-inspiring, and sometimes you have to look a little harder to appreciate the work you just put into it. In this case, it was easy to stand in awe.

a_loo_with_a_view

It might even be worth holding it a few hours, to use the restroom.

a_grand_sunset

It’s a hard hike up to the Lower Saddle, part of me wishes I could have summited the Grand. Maybe I could have, but it seemed a little foolish to just wing it especially since it was icy. These mountains are much harsher than home. They have vicious consequences and hungry wild life. I’m trying to learn how to rightfully respect this place, because it definitely deserves it and the lack of could cost your life. I can only imagine how wild Alaska will be. I do carry bear spray when I go out. It only takes one encounter however slim that may be and when you are alone, that slimness just packed on a few pounds.

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