Instead we decided to explore some of the area around Moose Pass. We picked the Lower Trail Lake and Vagt Lake. That's not a typo, the name of the lake is Lower Trail Lake.
|Lower Trail Lake|
|Looking for Wildlife|
Sometimes it's difficult to stop and set up to take macro (close up) photos along a trail like this. When I set up my tripod will often block the path. I have to set up and make the shot before having to move the tripod to let another hiker pass by. This was not a problem on this hike. We had the forest and trail to ourselves.
I think this would be a great place for the mythical little men known as Leprechauns. According to legend, they eat nettles and berries. Leprechauns love Mushrooms especially mushroom tea. We had all three in abundance. We didn't see any. Maybe they saw us first?
|Mushrooms and Bunchberries|
The Bunchberries were plentiful along the trail. A member of the dogwood family, these grow close to the ground. In the early summer they have white flowers like the dogwood tree and in late summer their berries turn bright red.
|Field of Cotton-Grass|
After taking a fisherman's trail part of the way around Vagt Lake, we back tracked and found a nice little beach area. It was obviously used for camping and fishing at times. Still no one in sight. We did see plenty of animal tracks all along the trail. We were certainly staying alert for bear on this trail!
|Not Exactly A Sea Kayak|
It was still pretty windy and while there were no white caps on Vagt Lake, we weren't going to see any reflections of the mountains in the lake today. There were these beautiful grasses growing along the lake shore. They were swaying in the wind like wheat in a field.
After a lunch break at the fisherman's camp, we headed back down the trail and out.
Tomorrow's blog post will be about Tonsina Point, Tonsina Creek, and hundreds of salmon.