A little overnight /ES, some short covering, some "peace" in the Middle East (thank you, Mr. Putin), some Fed pumping, some more short covering, a September op-ex week, and a pending election in Germany ... this week could be a real beauty.
I came out of the shit a day early and drove 500 miles Friday morning so I could surprise my girls at their elementary school.
|find the "Repo Man" reference|
The Sawtooth Wilderness north of Boise is an extraordinary place, an easy pick for a national park if the Idahoans didn't want it for themselves. As a national park, it would draw too many visitors from abroad, and the good people of the Idaho would not be able to hike with their dogs there. I saw lots of pooches.
A point-to-point hike across the Sawtooth Range completely blew my mind. As a Pacific Northwest hiking snob, I had no idea of the scale and wonder of this place. All WA hiking snobs should go see it at once. It beats the Alpine Lakes, including the Enchantments, and most other parts of the Cascade Range outside of the Picketts in the North Cascades. The Sawtooth National Rec Area is a little smaller than Olympic National Park, but packed full of alpine lakes and 10,000 ' peaks.
|easy-peasy national park-worthy|
The Sawtooths are splendid. They are Boise's dirty little secret, which they do not want to share. If an NSA wet-team had abducted me off the street and dropped me into the place, I would have sworn it was the High Sierra. The only thing missing would be the incense cedars and the sequoias -- lodgepole pine is the dominant tree in the range, from what I can tell.
|from the Cramer Divide|
|above Lake Ingeborg|
|Flying a kite from the pass above Lake Ardeth|
|Dawn at Toxaway Lake - a typical scene!|
So we are looking for a dramatic finish this week, one that removes all the shorts from the pool and sets us up for a top -- after the German election. Let's go parabolic:
Zooming out, the tape can touch the top line of the rally channel from 2009 and begin its descent.