Desert Girl was happy to hike because her friend Rose was along.
The diversity of species was interesting. American vetch (Vicia americana) dominated much of the ground cover where we were, but we also saw lots of other plants, like lupine, this yellow violet (below), Packera multilobata, Indian paintbrush (Castilleja chromosa), Descurainia sp., heartleaf twistflower (Streptanthus cordatus), phlox, and much more.
The American vetch was like a carpet in places, with its purple blooms livening up the forest floor.
I find burned areas fascinating. You can see how the fire progressed and ponder why one area burned and another different. The resulting patterns of burned areas have a strange appeal.
Even in areas that had both burned and flooded, plants grew.
Gradually the clouds floated away, allowing the sun to warm the charbroiled land.
Desert Girl was fascinated with all the flowers.