It was a day of wildflower ID. Some of the gals set out to find 25 different varieties. We counted over 40 on this gorgeous trek along the Rocky Mountain Front,a day that promised to be breezy, but we didn't mind the wind as it cooled us in the sun at the end of the day.
Besides the flowers, we saw fossils (some of the gals took home a souvenir or two), a snowshoe hare in its summer coat, and the set of three waterfalls along Willow Creek.
We found it hard to believe that within 80 miles of Great Falls we have such beauty, so we all counted ourselves lucky when we sat down by the cascading Willow Creek to eat our lunch. We remembered Chrissie and talked about several of the hikes we had with her and again, felt lucky to be alive, realizing that we never know when it is our time to leave this wonderful world.
We left Great Falls at 7 a.m. and arrived back home before 4 p.m., after a long stop in Augusta to visit the General Store and then have ice cream at Mel's Diner. At the diner, Jaye found a stray cat and wanted Katie to take him home. We asked the counter person at Mel's and he said he had been feeding that cat but that the cat needed a home. He told us we could take him. He was a very loving cat, but Katie decided she better pass for now on bringing a kitten home. But he sure was cute and got a couple licks of huckleberry yogurt from her.
One a side note, Gail accidentally left her poles by the trailhead --but no worries, Katie's husband was hiking in the area the next day and picked them up. Gail was happy as the poles had been with her on many a trip, including the Dolomites.