It had rained here yesterday so the trail was clean and sparkling fresh, with none of the dust that we encountered on trails the day before. Rain was again predicted for the afternoon and we watched the clouds building and moving while we hiked. Streams were plentiful, large and small, sometimes overtaking the trail as the path of least resistance.
|My favorite little crowns! Columbine.
|Here, the stream took over the trail.
We picked our way through admiring the lush mosses along the way.
|Mill Lake...another pretty alpine lake.
Colorado seems to be full of these lovely gems!
|Pika hiding in the rocks! Check out that ear!
|Cute little bugger!
|In an old avalanche zone, this particular young tree was notable for its burgundy cones.
On the drive back to Ohio City we stopped to check out the old buildings along the way.
|Peeking in the windows of this one, it looked like it is still in use.
|An old mine mill perhaps?
Tomorrow we move on to Buena Vista, CO where we will settle in for two whole weeks. More adventures to come!