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Lily Lake Summer Edition

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 in Colorado
Lily Lake Summer Edition

The last time I wrote about Lily Lake was in early May of 2013. At that time, a sprinkling of snow covered the surrounding landscape and the air was as icy and it was thin. But today, that day was a distant recollection—today Lily Lake was in full summer mode. I arrived at the lake early in the morning pleased to find the parking lot nearly empty. I’m not one to pass up a quiet trailhead with available parking spaces, so I decided to stop for a hike. As I started out, it was cool and overcast but that soon changed. The hot August sun soon burned its way through a puffy layer of clouds and quickly warmed the landscape below. The air was remarkably still and as a result the reflections on the lake were glassy and smooth. Perfect picture making conditions.

I hiked slowly around the lake, stopping for about ten minutes to let a family of ducks walk on the path in front of me. They created a traffic jam, stopping hikers in both directions.

I also came across several of these golden-mantled ground squirrels.

Trail Map

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Assortment

South Bank London
South Bank London
Today, for the first time since I arrived in the UK a dozen days ago, the clouds parted and slivers of blue sky peaked through. It was a welcome change from the endless layer of thick grey clouds that have otherwise prevailed. Then it went dark.
All the Way to Chasm Lake
All the Way to Chasm Lake
I wake at 3:45 AM and make final preparations for a hike to Chasm Lake. I toss my gear in the car and set off. At this time of the morning, the drive is easy, the sky clear, the stars bright, the landscape vast.
Rabbit Mountain
Rabbit Mountain
Rabbit Mountain has become my default hiking location. If I don’t have time to drive up into the mountains, then I go to the foothills to Rabbit Mountain where I can still get a leg-burner of a hike in a short period of time.