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Fitness and Photography for Fun - A blog on staying fit by hiking and doing photography by David Mendosa

Blue Lake‏

August 15th, 2010 · No Comments

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Now, in the middle of summer, the high country is the best place to hike. When it’s hot in Boulder, it can be nice and cool in the mountains. A ranger once told me that the temperature is three degrees lower for every thousand feet we go up.

Yesterday morning, my friend Diana and I started our hike at 10,460 feet, after driving from Boulder, elevation about 5,430 feet. So I expected the temperature to be about 15 degrees lower than at home. It was indeed cool when we started hiking up the Mitchell Lake Trail into the Indian Peaks Wilderness.

After a mile the trail reached Mitchell Lake, where we paused to take in the natural beauty. Then, we hiked on two more miles to Blue Lake, climbing up to the end of the trail at 11,309 feet.

We had a glorious, sunny day and took full advantage of it. We stopped several times to sit or lie on the grass to talk as we enjoyed the sun.

Diana Enjoys the Sun at Blue Lake, 11,309 Feet, and Mount Toll, 12,979 Feet

Diana Enjoys the Sun at Blue Lake, 11,309 Feet, and Mount Toll, 12,979 Feet

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A Brewer's Sparrow at Blue Lake

A Brewer's Sparrow at Blue Lake

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A Strange Insect

A White-Lined Sphinx Moth

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A Colorful -- But Inedible -- Mushroom

A Poisonous Russula Emetica Mushroom

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Diana and I enjoyed our hike immensely. I reflected on the time only a few years ago when my best friend, John, told me that he had just completed a five-mile hike. At that time I couldn’t imagine taking such a long hike. But it was easy for both Diana and me yesterday.

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