What can I say? Another glorious day. Although the howling wind was, once more, a factor.
My hope today was to traverse Trail Ridge Road (at least the 11 miles that is open now) but the wind put that idea to rest. Tomorrow’s forecast calls for normal wind speed so I hope to drive the storied road before I leave.
I was also determined to see Bear Lake – situated high in the mountains. Park officials have warned that, due to road construction, the shuttle ride to the lake could experience delays of up to 2 hours. However, I had no choice once a fellow camper told me that the route contains about 5 miles of gravel road. I just couldn’t do that to the GDB. Good decision.
|The GDB would not have like this tooth-rattler.|
As it happened, our shuttle was delayed for perhaps 5 minutes to the top and even less on our way down. The repeated warnings must have scared most people off.
Up and up and up we went. Then we were surrounded by snow.
|Snow-covered trail maybe 3 feet deep|
I’ve never seen an Alpine lake before. At 9,450 feet both it and Hallett Peak, in the background, snuggle right up to the Continental Divide. The lake is small but over 200 feet deep. Notice the whitecaps!
Now …. I’m fairly bold about some things but I am uneasy hiking alone. Fortunately, this trail around the campground is sheltered yet feels safe and offers as much scenery as you could possibly want. I just can’t believe I’m camped in such a beautiful spot. Sure beats the Hampton Inn!
I’m becoming more aware of wildflowers. Any tips on how to photograph them?