Cooper Landing's Russian Lakes Trail is approximately 22 miles of pure fun, challenging at times, and as it was on this day, overgrown with cow parsnip and other leafy greens reaching out to slap and devour our legs and arms. Because of the slightly overcast skies, we all escaped mostly unscathed, with the exception of one unfortunate Diva face-plant that had nothing to do with the flora.
A happy group of Divas (and one friend from N.C.) sets out for a memorable day.
The monstrous cow parsnip seemed to mock us, towering high above with its pretty, yet potentially nasty blooms.
The trail opens up for some killer scenery in some spots.
Walking over this narrow bridge was a smart alternative to falling into the icy water below.
We stopped to cool off in a stream and were rejuvenated in the heat.