Threatening Skies Don't Ruin Evening--Chocolate Lilies Everywhere!
One clap of thunder as we exited the car didn't stop the girls from climbing to the top in a sprinkling of rain that gave way to bright sun about a half mile up the trail.
The flowers dotted the hills in zones, moving from glacier lilies, our mascot, near the bottom of the trail to bright-blue forget-me-nots at the top, but perhaps the highlight of the flowers was spotting the chocolate lily, about 20 of them to be precise.
We saw over 40 varieties of flowers, wtih the culminating carpet on the top of the pass as spectacular as it comes: blankets of forget-me-not, yellowstone draba, cous biscuit root, douglasia, lyall's rock cress and rock jasmine covered the rock in a garden of blooms that stretched over the pass.
Flowers weren't the only beauty as the clouds put on a colored show over the buttes visible on the rolling plains.
We did pick up a few ticks. Katie found one and Kathy two on the trail, a necessary evil when you are going off trail to take pictures. Then Katie picked off another when she stripped and combed her hair that evening. Yuck!
FLOWERS WE SAW