Since I organized last year's anniversary celebration, Mary was in charge this year. She thought that a nice hike up Mt Timpanogos might be just the thing and, as is generally the case, she was right.
Here we are getting ready to set out from
the Timpanooke trailhead.
and Alta from the trail.
Crossing the last shale section before coming into
the upper meadows.
full bloom at the higher elevations.
As we came over the hill and looked down toward the
Quonset hut we noticed 5 members of Timpanogos'
mountain goat community milling around. As we
walked down to the hut 3 more came up the trail from
the lake to join their fellows.
closer to them from there.
lunch at the lake and headed for the summit.
of which has fairly recent coating of pink spray paint.
gathering, this one went north of us...
Of course it wouldn't be a proper trip for the two of us without some weather to report (see this or this). As we worked our way down, it sprinkled a little, just enough to cool things off. Then the sky got a little darker, the thunder got a little closer and the sprinkling got a bit more insistent. I stopped to put on my jacket and got out the camera just as things got interesting. It's hard to separate the rain from the hail in the YouTube video and don't blink or you'll miss a lightning flash at about 1:25, but hopefully this gives you a sense:
Soon we were back at the trailhead, ready to head home and extend our 12 year streak of marital bliss.