16 Sep 11. As I sit here trying to arrange a trip this Saturday to Mt Rainier for multiple folks I find myself getting more and more frustrated with a participant who is not coordinating with us any further than to say I want to go. It may well end up being just that, a desire. Thinking back to the trip we took in 2007 to Grand Tetons & Yellowstone National Parks with the Gaithersburg Camera Club in MD I am amazed now, as I was then, at how well it was totally coordinated and how smoothly everything went, and that was with almost 20 folks, with some from WA and CA in addition to those from MD. While I thought I appreciated all the leaders did then, this little exercise is making me all the more appreciative for what they accomplished! It was a good trip, and although the weather overall was roughly equal parts rain and sunshine, we still got lots of great material and opportunities. Along our travel route from Seattle we passed through Swan Valley and the Targhee National Forest in Idaho, a place we'd never before been or even knew about. Stopped at a pullout to shoot some fall foliage, another photographer asked if I had seen the Beartooth Maples, which I hadn't, and when I said no his comment was "you've got to see them," and he then gave us directions. Fortunately the directions he gave us were the route we were already taking, so it was easy to go find them. Except that once we were there, it was such a spectacular sight that it was hard to press onward to our destination. A member of the NWCCC was telling me last Saturday he was headed in that same direction and I asked him if he knew of them, which he didn't, so I passed on the info and suggested he try his luck at getting them in full display. I'll be interested to see what he gets upon his return. Our visit was just a bit after prime time, but the display was sufficient that I've not yet forgotten it. ISO 100; 1/640 sec @ f / 5; D200.