Well written, very informative report with great pictures to boot!
It was one of the more memorable trips I've ever taken. It reminded me of when I went into the Ionian Basin some 20 years ago. Dumbbell Basin is both remote and enchanted.
What a sweet trip. Great report and pictures. Those areas have been on my long list of places to visit for some time. Hopefully sooner than later. Thanks for sharing it all!
You're welcome, copeg. Make sure you visit Dumbbell when you do make it out that way. I almost scratched Dumbbell when my knee started to flare up, but it really was the highlight of the trip. Had I to do it over, I'd have given myself one more night on this trip just so I could have spent more time in Dumbbell.
I think what you saw in Lake Basin was a cony or rock rabbit. Did it have a tail? I enjoyed your report. Have made several trips into Lake Basin & Dumbbell Lakes, mostly in the 1970's and 1980's. You were a brave person to have made this trip solo. I always had friends with me to share the experience and reduce the risk.
Thanks for the complements. Yes, it did have a tail. I have come to find out the critter is a long-tailed weasel. I guess they are not all that rare, but this was the first one I've seen up close. On the same trip, I saw another, might of been the same one, from a distance and I might not have recognized the ID had I not seen one up close. I did see a cony on this same trip. Industrious herbivores, those conys. The little guy was there and gone and never to be seen again.
Great pictures and great story!
I'm looking forward to my upcoming trip in September. I hope it is as beautiful as the Taboose trip!
I've been very curious about this area. Thanks for the trip report and the beautiful pictures. Well done.
Thanks, Rory. It is an awesome location and about as remote as it gets within the park. Best of luck! Greg