Friday, July 30, 2010

Trout Lake in the High San Juans

Back in the 70's, when I was doing my summer galavanting around Colorado, Trout Lake was "closed" to the public. I don't know when that changed, but now you can park, put in a small boat, and fish. They have a small boat ramp, 2 picnic tables (one is covered), and two different parking areas.

We drove up there this morning, stopping first at the top of Lizard Head Pass for a photo of the Lizard Head.

Lizard Head Peak, 13, 113 feet

We then parked at Trout Lake near the picnic tables, and I put out my chair next to the covered one. Don went out on the lake in his float tube, while I enjoyed the sun in my chair.

At 11 am the sun was still shining but the clouds were building.

I cross stitched for a couple of hours, while a group of 4 ladies set up their easels right behind me to paint the gorgeous view.
They stayed until the sun was completely obscured.
Don came in for lunch around 11:45, and went back out to fish for a while. The clouds continued to build, and we could hear the thunder from the south. At 1:00, it was clear that the rain was on its way.

Not more than 10 minutes after I snapped this picture, the winds whipped the lake into whitecaps and the rain hit with a vengeance.

Don quickly paddled in, we packed up our stuff, and went back to Priest Gulch.  Our day was shortened, but the few hours we had up there were just heavenly.


ThE MidLiFe CrUiSeR said...

We decided not to go to Ridgeway after all...too hot! Thanks for the tip yesterday :)

We went to Trout lake a few years ago, and it really is stunning! We hiked up that Lizard head too.

Makes me want to go back!

Wayne and Maureen said...

Very nice pics...When we make our trip out west from the east coast, this is how we picture the experience.
wayne and maureenproll

On Da Road said...

Especially love the shot of the ladies painting.. Pretty area.