You are going to see a few more posts of things I want to emphasize. SPOILER ALERT: My wife and I had a special encounter!
In the meantime, here are some photos taken on our hike from the Bear Gulch Day Use Area to the reservoir (which is where I took the dragonfly photos) through Bear Gulch Cave and then to High Peaks Trail. It was nice in the early morning and then got hotter but totally doable. It was our first time seeing the high peaks because we’d given up twice before because of the summer heat. Mission accomplished!