We explored this area when I was young, but I put down the date that I first hiked up into the valley as an adult. It was the heavy snow El Nino year, so on the 4th of July I only got as far as Long Lake w/o snow shoes!
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe