Last lunch at trailside meadow

high meadows on the Crest Trail lunch at the meadows

Amber Jurgensen photos

The next morning, the trip back to the trailhead seems so much easier when it is almost all downhill. Of course, we stop at a favorite open meadow, where sun-warmed rocks provide an excellent platform for lunch.

The little snow-melt creeklet here is a reliable source of water. Chelsea found an additional bonus: frogs. She caught the smallest one. But let it be noted, this was not the first one of the trip. This year it was me, not Caleb, who scored the first CFC -- Certified Frog Capture.