Got a cancellation at Sperry Chalet (wife watched the site like a hawk) on their last weekend. Weather forecast was "changeable" - don't care about rain in terms of the wet factor but obscuration? that we care about; took a chance anyway.

Part 1

Hope I look this good when I'm in my late 70s

starting gate

won't dwell too much on the hike up to the chalet (3350' gain in 6.5 miles, mostly through forest for the first 4.5)

pretty cool fungus (lots of that around)

pretty cool bugs; Dr. Wu

breaking out of the trees, things are looking up (pun intended)