The northeast side of the Split Rock River was very sunny and warm today. Not so much on the southwest side. Since we delayed lunch until after crossing the bridge this made finding a sunny spot a bit of a challenge. We finally stopped at a bend in the river with a nice cedar whose roots we took advantage of for dry, snow-free seating.
While eating I noticed this little critter scurrying across the snow-covered river:
We tested out the ice on this section of the river and crossed it to check out a cedar that was growing in a crack in the rhyolite cliff. Pretty impressive perseverance when you consider how high the river can get during spring ice out and storms. The roots were only a couple of feet above winter river level.
Mr. Wildknits took this opportunity to have me pose for a portrait.
Not sure why I have such a stern look on my face - maybe the sun? The cedar I photographed is just off to my left in this photo. And then I thought I should get a shot next to the cedar.
We got going again and between the lengthy stop and the shade I got a bit too chilled. This resulted in a minor Raynaud flare in my hands. Good motivator to hike fast to warm up.
We finished out the hike by checking out the new pedestrian underpass at the wayside rest.