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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

Spring Training
Spring Training
I’m running again. That’s something that I haven’t admitted to myself it until recently because although I’ve been making a sustained effort to run regularly for a while now, I haven’t been convinced that I would stick with it.
Clear Blue Sky
Clear Blue Sky
I awoke this morning to sunlight streaming in the bedroom windows. The whole room glowed with warm light. It was the first sunshine to show its face in over a week and despite the icy air outside, I was determined to enjoy it.
Nighthawk Trail
Nighthawk Trail
Near the Hall Ranch trailhead, you have the choice of either following the Bitterbrush Trail or the Nighthawk Trail. In the past, I’ve hiked the Bitterbrush Trail many times but I’ve only followed the Nighthawk Trail once, for a short distance.