This picture is just a tiny slice of what was a river filled with sockeye in their bright red spawning colors. Some were still in good shape like the ones in this photo, swimming against the current to make their way to the spot they where they would make their redd (the space at the bottom of a stream that a spawning salmon makes for its eggs; also a good word to know for Scrabble). Others were not looking so good, basically meaning if they weren't dead yet they soon would be. I thought this couple was especially poignant.
After observing the sockeye we decided to take a hike along the Adams River. It was one of those perfect fall days- the sun was warm on our backs, the air was crisp and fresh, and the scenery was spectacular.