Thor is excited for his next adventure!
We met the group at Pinecrest Lake on Friday night. Celebrating Sooz's birthday with Margaritas!
The sculpture begins.
More people show up, more things are consumed. Izzy masterfully stacks the empties.
I'm a little disappointed to say I only had a part in a couple of the top cans.
The next morning, Thor was ready to hit the trail. C'mon guys!
Heading out from the Crabtree trailhead in Emigrant Wilderness.
Climbing out of the trailhead
Thor at the first big viewpoint. He's enjoying himself.
Pine Valley below
Down in Pine Valley we find a lot of downfall.
Finally at the Emigrant Wilderness border.
More burned forest - we saw a tree fall just off to the left.
Not sure when the fire came through here - I think it was too old to be the Rim Fire.
Heading down the trail with my boys.
Finally we climb out of the valley on the typical Sierra Stairmaster steps.
Heading into granite territory.
Crossing Piute Creek. Usually a tough crossing at this time of year, it was just shin deep and had options to cross with dry feet.
The trail was muddy and flooded in spots and the mosquitoes were out. More like July than May.
As we popped over a saddle we finally spied West Cherry Creek. Beautiful cascades - and where we're heading for camp.
Thor says "hey you usually take pictures of me!"
Setting up camp, Thor needs to learn how to help.
Someone got a special treat for making the hike in!
Our campsite had a lovely little waterslide!
Soaking our feet together!
And there is nothing like a quick afternoon nap in camp!
We had a big group and found a perfect area to camp where we could spread out among granite terraces.
Trees and granite.
West Fork Cherry Creek from near camp. Beautiful cascades.
West Fork Cherry Creek
Looks like morteros along the creek. They are among smooth polished granite.
No bears, just footprints.
Packing up the next morning. Thor continues to 'help'.
Tried to selfie with my dog. He took my distraction as an opportunity to go in for the kiss.
Everything all ready to go! Time to saddle up.
Looking back on our camp terraces. It was a beautiful spot!
We cut up Piute Valley among a lot of deadfall and took the upper loop back via Camp Lake.
Looking back on where we hiked from.
Some snow in the distance.