J-Hawk and I met up with M, A, Shaun and K for a weekend of backpacking in the Goat Lakes Wilderness. We parked at the Snowgrass Flats trailhead. We hiked up to Snowgrass Flats basin area and set up camp in a site just below the basin. Right after we set up our tents, the rain came down. We all just hung out together through the rain while J-Hawk and A tried to start a campfire. Eventually the rain left and we went up to the actual Snowgrass Flats. With the few remaining clouds in the sky, we could see the definition of Mt. Adams off in the distance. This was such a beautiful area. There were a lot of people camping up in the basin.We descended and went back to camp to eat dinner. We ate around the campfire and finished the evening off with cider and hot chocolate. Eventually the rain picked back up and we all retreated to our tents.
The next morning, as we were all eating breakfast, some hikers came by and asked us if we had an alpaca. Weird. We all decided we needed to check out this alpaca running around. About 300 yards away, we saw this female alpaca blocking one of the trail and she had baby alpacas behind her in the distance. As we walked toward her, she began to stomp on the ground. So, we backed away, took many pictures and headed back to camp to pack up. J-Hawk and I took off for a half hour or so to explore the area before heading back down trail. We were trying to find a major waterfall. We never found it, but did find some pretty cool small waterfalls. I love exploring J-Hawk. He doesn’t care how dirty he gets, just as long as he is exploring.
After some time, we headed back over to our campsite, being mindful to stay clear of the alpaca. By then, she had moved across the field and was no longer in our exit path. We all packed up, took some group photos and headed back down to the car. The hike down was uneventful but it was a great weekend to go hiking with this group.