Nice place to have lunch, at the location of the Arctic Circle latitude marker
Photography encourages me to spend more time with, and in, the world, in quest for justice. The more I honor that quest, many fold are the rewards on many levels. I find my legs are stronger, my wind and stamina deeper, in wild places.
Using our Along the Dempster guide (Walter Lanz) we set off for Panorama Hill, to the north. According to the book, "From atop Panorama Hill you get a great panoramic view of the nearby Richardson Mountains, Cornwall and Rock rivers, and the adjacent windswept plains." Lenz's book was a bit of misinformation about a trail, but I will not overly fault his description. All the trails in this part of the country are "casual" trails established by the "frequent" occurrence of casual hikers looking to find a common destination. This makes each foray a bit of an adventure, and it does not take long for growth to cover such casual markers as might be made by the occasional footprint. We did find a road on the way back that was a better option, used by caribou hunters. The trip up to Panorama Hill does use an established caribou migration route, and we are hoping to see some caribou, but all we found were piles of antlers left by hunters. I lost a Nikon lens cap on the walk through the woods, but collected a new yard rock (slate and quartz) in exchange. If anyone finds my cap, feel welcome to keep it! Upon reaching the top of the hill we keep an eye out for grizzly bears, who are no doubt also keeping an eye out for caribou. While I take some satisfaction in knowing that we will see a grizzly bear from a great distance if one is on these high plains, it also comes with a realization that he would be equally able to see us, and a sober realization that he would be able to cover the country far faster than we would be able to make our way back to the safety of our truck. The walk down the hill is of course easier than the walk up, but neither were terribly taxing. It is a good warm up. Back to camp and an early night to bed, with a big day to follow.