Citizen and Norton Lakes

Sunday, Mike and I started the day right by heading to Adams Gulch and tackling the Citizens-Lanes-Sunnyside Trail loop on our mountain bikes. Mike, being the gentleman that he is, is indulging my need to start small so I don’t get frustrated. He is the type who will attack any challenge head-on, no matter how tricky. In some aspects of my life I can be like that – but not new sports. If I get too frustrated I run the risk of shying away. So, I play tricks on myself to keep it light and fun – which includes gradually adding difficulty. That’s all to say that Sunday morning we did the loop, which isn’t insanely hard, but has a few technical and climbing elements that challenged me.

After mountain biking, we packed up the dogs and headed to the Norton Lakes Trail. Norton Lakes Trail is in the Baker Creek Drainage about 12 miles north of Ketchum. We forsook the more popular Baker Lake Trail to take a chance on Norton Lakes. We weren’t disappointed! There were a handful of people out on such a beautiful afternoon, and both lakes were stunning. The dogs were happy to stretch their legs, and when we finally arrived back home, I was knackered. What a busy weekend (images from Saturday forthcoming – hold your horses – literally!).

Mike on Citizen's Trail, Adams Gulch.

Mike on Citizen's Trail, Adams Gulch.

Climbing, Citizen's Trail.

Climbing, Citizen's Trail.

Upper Norton Lake.

Upper Norton Lake.

Mike and the dogs at upper Norton Lake.

Mike and the dogs at upper Norton Lake.

Norton Lake.

Norton Lake.

Green!

Until very recently, my life was governed by the rain.  For the past thirty plus days, it has rained.  Not all-day rain (though there have been a few days of that), but definitely not Sun Valley sun.  The upside of this incredibly wet weather is that it is uber-green everywhere you look.  Adams Gulch is no exception.  I happened to grab my camera one day last week when we were heading there for an evening dog walk.  I assure you, when looking at the images below, it’s not supposed to be that green.  Nor is the grass supposed to be so high.  It’s quite the sight!

Mike in the jungle of grass at Adams Gulch.

The Jimmy-Jams.

Lemhi hanging out on a log bridge.

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