|Upland site at Bear Lake|
As it turned out, we happened to be sitting amongst a group of seniors who like to share morning coffee there. They took quite an interest in our doings, and relayed some interesting travel stories of their own. It was a warm and friendly start to the day.
|Lots of cones & litter at upland site|
|My consolation prize|
|View from the "litter sifting shed" to |
riparian pines located behind yellow-
leaved aspens across lake.
While Rod finished sifting his final load of deciduous litter in the picnic shelter, I watched hail mix with rain on the windshield as drenched and disappointed fishers rushed their boats to shore.
With daylight remaining and Haynes Estate Conservation Area between us and town, we decided there was nothing to lose by chancing the weather. After a few U-turns resulting from that hilarious combination of new road configurations and old maps, we arrived just as the heavens opened (again). I was determined to get my 50-cone sample since there was a ponderosa grove right there by the parking lot, so I hopped to it. The result was 8 juvenile spiders from two genera. Was it worth me and my net getting soggy? Well, a sample is a sample! But also, enough is enough. Deciding to return to finish sampling at a drier time, we retreated to a nice little teriyaki place for some warm food and well-earned rest.
Check out Rod's narrative of the day here and view his albums here (Bear Lake) and here (Haynes).