The weather was spectacular for Saturday’s hike to Johnston Lake, with clear skies and scarcely a breeze. The intense blue sky reflected in the numerous ponds & lakes passed along the way to our destination.
It was about 4 hrs. and 11 km in to this less-frequented lake, just past Panther Lake on Forbidden Plateau.
Autumn colours are just starting on the Plateau.
Whiskey Jacks were almost constant companions at every rest break.
The definitive highlight of the late afternoon was hundreds of Sandhill Cranes high overhead, migrating south. Their unmistakeable croaks announce their presence long before you see them.
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