String Lake Panoramics, Over Time
Kay & I moved here in 1991 & by fall of 1992, had discovered that String Lake was ours in late Sept. to mid-Oct. Not too hot, not too cool. Each year we'd hike it around the time that the color would be the most brilliant, although we weren't always successful in making that prediction. Most of the touristas have gone home w/their kids & their noise & such, so we usually have the trail pretty much to ourselves, serenity to a degree, color, tranquility. We've seen wildlife as you'd expect, but simply from porcupines to deer to birds & elk, up close. We usually hike from the east side north, cross over to the west side & hike south, until we get to "our" rock where we have an apple & sit back & enjoy the surroundings for a while, then back to the parking lot, across Laddie's bridge. While we started in the early 90s, I didn't really start taking representative panos of some areas until about 2004 & I've tried to do it every year we hike it & with a couple of exceptions like '98, the first year after my first heart attack, we'll keep doing it until we, or I, can't. There's a footbridge over a boggy area, that seems to best represent the concept that String Lake will someday become a meadow, essentially S to N, which is sort of what I'm trying to document over a rather short time frame. I have on this page, a couple of misc. panos elsewhere, & a consistent yearly pano from the west side of the trail over the lake, looking N to SW. Doubt there'll be much change in my lifetime, but thought it would be an interesting project, at least for me, while enjoying our favorite hike.
August, 2004....now the panoramics....scroll right to see it all....
View to NE from the W side, October 2010
View to the W from the E side, October, 2011
On the SW side, August, 2004
Also September, 2005
That's Kay on the right in a few shots. To see other of my panoramics from around the globe, click HERE.