850 feet above the Columbia River Gorge during the worst air advisory since Mt. Saint Helens erupted in 1980. Smoke from five concurrent forest fires covered the Portland area in smoke so thick it resembled Silent Hill.
One of my favorite things about hiking in the Colorado Wilderness is finding your own trail. A few hours earlier, we decided to descend into a glacial gorge that few people ever go into. As we made our way to camp for the night, we were treated with views that left me speechless.