The trail wasn't exactly a good one. Not much to make us want to go on much further to explore. However, my map showed what appeared to be a wide expanse of open space off the trail at 312 degrees true...about one mile...if that. My urge to get off the trail and see what may be over the hill surged within me. There was something out there...something that needed to be seen. Anyway, I like the challenge of bushwacking. I also love getting off the beaten track. Taking a fix, I placed our position and took a reading off the compass and figured out my declination for a magnetic course.
Tough woods ahead...not the typical PNW rain forest (we were east of the Cascades), plenty of thick undergrowth, bush and...well let's say some complicated scrabbling over dead fall and numerous other obstacles. What the hell right...live a little. I used to get dropped in some of the most god-forsaken parts of the world, this should be fun. We tightened up our load, secured the laces to our shoes and in we went. Damn I love this stuff!
About three-quarters of an hour later, two streams, and numerous scratches and scrapes on our legs, we broke out into this absolutely wonderful Mountain Meadow! Or I should say Mountain Meadows. At least five separate Meadows that interconnected with each other and that could hold at least two to five football stadiums inside them. I kid you not! The region was large and absolutely wonderful! I searched for any sign of human activity...not a thing. Not one boot print, not one candy wrapper, can, doggy poop bag, camp ground or anything that's usually associated with human activity. All I saw were signs of elk, bear and a variety of all types of birds from Grouse, Hawk and numerous birds that filled the air with their songs! It was a hard Trek into it but it was so worth the experience of seeing a meadow of this size and knowing that we were the only human beings anywhere near it! That...my friends, made it all the special.
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