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South Fork rains

I thought I was set for clear skies but clouds are building overhead. After a stop along dramatic cliffs above the South Fork, I continue uphill to the Y-Stop and pull in alongside a group of dusty UTVs.

 

“Where are you headed?” a lady passenger in the UTV beside me wonders after pulling the dust filtering bandana from her face.

 

“Up to Lava Ridge, I think.” She doesn’t seem to know where that is.

 

“We were up by Trinity,” she says.

 

“Oh yeah,” I reply. “Were you able to get to the top?” I expect there’s still snow up there but am not sure.

 

“No, the gate at the bottom was closed,” she explains. I know that gate well.

 

Rain has started falling as I depart with a bottle of root beer and bag of jerky tucked in the now properly secured top box behind me. I didn’t need snacks but always feel like I should get something at the Y-Stop.

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Taken on June 16, 2018