When I ended part 2, Brody was looking for chipmunks. He's still at it in the photo below. He sure has an adoring look on his face, but it's not for me, it's for the chipmunks! He can be very still and intent when he is focused on chipmunks and squirrels!
Here is another photo of Brody. He looks like he posed for this one. He's such a handsome boy!
Here is a the campsite where we stopped for a break and a picnic lunch. It was a perfect spot.
After we ate lunch, we relaxed under the trees. I took some more photos of Brody, including this one, which would have been better without my knee in the shot!
And this is a look at the trees from a different perspective!
I like this one of the dark tree trunk and branches with the bright green needles and the sun shining through with the bright blue sky in the background.
My husband took this one of Brody hanging out with me after lunch:
And I enjoy the patterns made by branches. These reminded me of the shape of an eye.
Brody and I took a walk along a path in the woods. The white trunks of this paper birch and the brilliant colors took my breath away.
You can almost see a mountain behind the bright trees in the middle of the photo.
I think I mentioned liking dark trunks and branches, didn't I? This is a perfect example of the type of scene that catches my eye:
We finally decided it was time to get back on the water and enjoy some paddling along this beautiful river. Since we'd spent so much time relaxing after lunch, we decided to head back upstream toward Axton Landing.
The views were just as pretty on the way back, though the angle of the sun and a bit of a breeze meant less reflections to capture.
I believe that is Seward Mountain's point, just above the trees in the middle of the photo. I've tried to be sure which mountain it is by checking maps, but since the river twists and turns at times, Seward is only a guess!
We paddled a short way past Axton Landing upstream. Here you can see the mountain peaking out above the trees.
And here is a zoomed in photo once I got up near the bend in the river:
Brody, in his customary position as navigator: