Wednesday, October 29, 2008

William Has A Fantastic View

Charlene and I headed to McCall Saturday for a day in the woods. First, a hike to Williams Peak Look Out with Mark, Lianne (brother-in-law and sister), Dad and Raina. 3,100 ft of climbing in around three miles. It was Mark's first hike with the family... and possibly the last. Maybe we should have taken him up a little less of a mountain the first time around, but we initially thought the climb would be around 2,000 ft.
As we headed back down, water was scarce. By the time we got to the bottom, we had to fill up in a spring coming out of the mountain. That's possibly the best water I've ever had! No, I'm not scared of getting giardia when it comes directly out of a great filter (mountain hillside) and have done this many times before. Just gotta watch out for where it comes out and how much it's falling over rocks.
We followed that up with a trip to some nearby hot springs along the South Fork of the Salmon River that had been on my list for a while. Sugah (a.k.a. 16 mile) hot springs were a welcome visit after a day of hiking.

On the way up

A swing seems like a fitting addition to a look out
Luckily we didn't break it

The view from a look out never disappoints

Sugah hot springs... the previous soakers decided to soap it up, but that wasn't a bad thing as we weren't super clean after a mountain climb (I know, double negative, but you'll get over it)

Since it's that time of year, we followed through with an old tradition

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