|The view on the Appalachian Trail between Russell and Spence Fields|
|Camouflaged perfectly--we almost stepped on this guy!|
|Sunning Salamander in the bottom left|
|One of the shady areas on the edge of Russell Field|
From here, we rested for a while, ate our peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch and then began our descent. We were correct in assuming this part of the Bote Mountain Trail would be as rocky and steep and the previous section of it we had done on an earlier hike. Once you begin the trek down Thunderhead Mountain, there's little you can do except watch carefully where to place your foot with every step. It's times like these I'm glad my Keen Targhee II hiking boots are high enough to keep my ankles from turning. I sure needed them on this part of the hike.
|The rocky path of Bote Mountain Trail passes through blooming rhododendron tunnels|