|On top of Mount Taylor looking over where we came from. Our trail north stretches out beyond the pines in the forefront. The norther side of the mountain had a crusty covering of snow that we made our own trail through.|
|It was a bit windy and cold way up there and we stayed for awhile while Portrait made a happy birthday sign for fellow hiker Softwalker out of rocks.|
|The view looking mostly south along the ridge we hiked up.|
|We had lunch at American Canyon Spring which actually was much nicer than it appears. The pipe had cold clear water flowing out of it. We made sure to tank up and fill up our bottles...water is rare out here.|
It was perfect hiking weather once our dinner break was over. There were some clouds over head and a breeze. A group of six elks also seemed to think it was perfect weather. They sauntered across the dirt road about 20 feet in front of us. It was getting too dark and they were too far away for a picture, sadly. We've seen a far number of elk on the trail so far, which is always a thrill. Maybe one of these days I'll be able to snag a photo.