Above and Beyond, Revisited, Part Deaux

A barren field through which we tracked a trail that eventually faded out, prompting us to turn back

A barren field through which we tracked a trail that eventually faded out, prompting us to turn back

The start of the climb into Charon Garden Wilderness; Richard left his car parked on the side of the road.

The start of the climb into Charon Garden Wilderness; Richard left his car parked on the side of the road.

Richard climbs granite boulders

Richard climbs granite boulders

The view from a granite outcropping in Charon Gardens Wilderness

The view from a granite outcropping in Charon Gardens Wilderness

The long, hard hike

The long, hard hike

Snarled trees, remnants of a wildfire

Snarled trees, remnants of a wildfire

Closer view of scorched trees, branches

Closer view of scorched trees, branches

Richard poses for scale next to Lock Rock - another classic image.

Richard poses for scale next to Lock Rock – another classic image.

My view - from a prone, escape-the-wind position - atop Sitting Rock

My view – from a prone, escape-the-wind position – atop Sitting Rock

A bizarre shelf rock in the Charon Gardens, photographed on our return trip

A bizarre shelf rock in the Charon Gardens, photographed on our return trip

I was excited to spot this bison just off the road leading out to French Lake. I took a series of frames from the window of Richard's car; the bison was incredibly close. One of the great moments from the trip.

I was excited to spot this bison just off the road leading out to French Lake. I took a series of frames from the window of Richard’s car; the bison was incredibly close. One of the great moments from the trip.

The frozen surface of French Lake in contrast with the rugged tones of the prairie beyond. There were bison grazing in the extreme distance.

The frozen surface of French Lake in contrast with the rugged tones of the prairie beyond. There were bison grazing in the extreme distance.

 

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