Andy, Drew, Jake and myself patroled on Sunday. The numerous backcountry camping groups were being washed out into the parking lot by the evening's rain. Between the evening downpours and forecasts for more rain during the day the mountain was fairly empty on Sunday.
Patrol duties involved mostly anwering questions and picking up a little liter. There were no fire problems. medical incidents, or park violations. We set a line in the squeeze portion of the rock scramble in anticipation of alleviating future backups on upcoming croweded days.
Chad had patrolled solo on Saturday and was kept busy with dehydrated and seperated hikers.
The classic morning muster; equipment check, agenda planning and NPS morning meeting.
The friendly and knowledgable fee station staff, Mike and Diane.
A prolific profusion of Pinxters perfumed the woods. No Mountain Laurel blossoms yet.
A few more Lady Slippers spotted.
I was elated to see my first two bears of 2009. They appeared to be siblings spending their first spring on their own. I only got a picture of one of them as it was fleeing deeper into the woods.