We have four or five hummingbirds at each window feeder in the mornings.
This little male Black-chinned is guarding the one on our rear window.
After watching the hummers and finishing her coffee, Linda threw out the options for today. Hiking or canoeing on one of the lakes.
Since she chose the two hikes I would have suggested, we decided to hike.
Again we took both vehicles to shuttle ourselves. We first did the Kite Trail that began at Lost Lake.
It wasn't long before it was clear why this mile and a half trail is called the Kite Trail. There were several Mississippi Kites flying around.
There were a few more trail markers on this trail, but it was still difficult to distinguish the main trail from the side trails. Fortunately, we just had to stay near West Cache Creek.
As we kept walking, we came to this beautiful area where the canyon deepened and a couple of waterfalls appeared.
We sat on the rocks above this oasis and enjoyed the view and sounds of the falls for quite awhile.
We continued our hike along the canyon.
And looked back toward the falls.
We had no idea this section of the hike would be so spectacular. It was quite a pleasant surprise.
The rest of the hike was fairly easy and we were at the parking area where we left the truck in no time. It was about a two hour hike including our stop.
After that, we searched for another trailhead near the truck. We had a general idea of where it was located, but we knew it was an unmarked trailhead.
After I caused us to walk about a mile unnecessarily, we finally found the trail to the Narrows behind the Boulder Group area.
It was supposed to be only an eight tenths of a mile hike with a 50 foot elevation change. Well, we made it a little longer than that and the quoted elevation change must have been the net change from the start to the end. They left out the steep climb up and down in the middle of the hike. :)
But it was another beautiful area.
Yeah, it was a bit more than 50 feet to get to this point. :)
From the top our destination was somewhere down there. :)
Once again, there were trails going in all directions. But eventually they all merged back in one area as we made our way down into the Narrows.
Linda was not really comfortable with the terrain. There was a lot of boulder hopping through the creek.
But it was worth getting to here.
We were all by ourselves. We took off our hiking boots and dangled our feet in the cool water. It had gotten really hot by that time, so the refreshing soak felt really good.
If we had brought our water shoes and a bathing suit, we would have been swimming. Even without those it was really tempting. :)
Eventually, we let the sun dry us off, put our boots back on and headed out of the canyon.
On the hike back out, we ran into three younger folks that weren't exactly sure how to get back to the trailhead. So they followed us.
Whew! It was about 95 degrees by then (around 3:00) and we were quite finished with the hiking. :)
Exhausted and sweltering, we went home to get showers and take it easy the rest of the day. Those afternoon naps in the air conditioning were really nice. :)
After a light dinner and a movie, we called it a night. We should sleep very well.
We are leaning toward moving on toward Branson tomorrow. But we still aren't completely sure where we might end up. Stay tuned. :)