Hike to Black Lake

I’ve been excited to get out in the Rocky Mountain National Park, whenever a gap in our summer Leadership Training (LT) program allows. It seems to be similar with many of the other seasonal workers at the YMCA of the Rockies, where LT is hosted. On Saturday, twelve of us hiked up to Emerald Lake. And today, there were a eighteen of us who decided to hike up to Mills Lake — including ten from H2O Kent.

The morning started out beautifully: pristine blue skies, warm sunshine, and hours of pleasant conversation as we hiked. We made it all together to Mills Lake well before noon. We skipped stones across the surface of the lake. We ate from our boxed lunches. We drank some extra water and reapplied sunscreen… And then twelve of us decided that we wanted to climb further, past Jewel Lake, all the way up to Black Lake.

The terrain was difficult, with snow up to our thighs in many places. Still, we persevered together and finally made it to Black Lake, just before a storm started gathering over the mountains. We were pelted with snow on the way back down. We were exhausted by the time we returned to the trailhead (eleven miles after we started!). Even so, it felt good to complete such a challenge, both as individuals and as a group.

I took a lot of pictures along the way, which anyone is welcome to access through the album I’ve set up on Flickr. What’s most exciting to me, however, is that the summer is just beginning.

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