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.
Richard climbs granite boulders
The view from a granite outcropping in Charon Gardens Wilderness
The long, hard hike
Snarled trees, remnants of a wildfire
Closer view of scorched trees, branches
Richard poses for scale next to Lock Rock – another classic image.
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
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.