-Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It
I woke up feeling just ok about my decision not run the second day. After all, I had a lot of reasons not to head out... I could hike with my family. I could have coffee, and cook bacon and eggs. I could make sure my family made it to Mowich Lake ok. But I was ultimately worried about heading back out for a long day on tired legs by myself. There were no road crossings on this second section and it was pretty remote. This meant that once I started out, my family would leave for Mowich, and I would be committed. Although I've run fifty miles at a time on multiple occasions, I had never tested my legs to that extent on consecutive days. It also turned out to be socked in with fog at high elevations so I'm not sure how I would have found my way through snowy sections if I couldn't locate my position in very low visibility. In the end, I still had a great day in the mountains with my family....and of course, I still regret not going out on the second day. Such is life. I want it all!
We started the day off with a quick hike down to a river that I passed on the way in that was pretty awesome. Then I ran a couple of miles to Longmire visitors center just to add a bit more of the wonderland trail to my bag.
After Longmire, we stopped by a sweet backwoods metal sculpture place and then hustled to get to Mowich Lake (the second campsite of the original plan) in time for a good hike after setting up the tent. Mowich Lake has a small walk-in campground on the more remote west side of the national park. We chose to hike a little over 5 miles round trip up to Eunice Lake and back.
|Tully and Olive's summer rock climbing camp came in handy.|
|Eunice Lake frosted over.|
|The Fire Lookout is visible on Tolmie Peak|
The kids rocked the hike. After we returned to the campsite we ate dinner and Olive and I walked around crystal clear Mowich Lake together at dusk before turning in for the night.
|Mowich Lake. So clear that the submerged timbers shine through the reflection.|