The mountain view with endless blue skies behind it re-emerged at dawn the next day on our trip high in the San Juan Mountains. This view from our campsite is one that I'll store away for when I need an uplifting vision in the depths of the coming winter.
After eating breakfast while gazing at the view, K and I set out to have a frolicking good day above treeline with me on my mountain bike and K galloping easily next to me! We stopped for a break on the tundra.
We followed a buttery smooth trail that followed the undulating contours of the mountain beautifully with just a few steep climbs like this one.
I was crawling so slowly up this pitch that I noticed glorious flowers. Asters, gems that always remind us of our wonderful dog, Astro (his photo is in the sidebar). This hillside seemed like a memorial to him!
We rolled along, feeling carefree and happy. We reached our turn-around point, high on a red rock pass.
We met friends on the pass, hikers doing the entire Colorado Trail with their two dogs. Those dogs wore big packs. As they approached, K freaked out because their silhouettes didn't look like dogs. Once they were close, K realized that they were canines and everyone became friends. One of the dogs hung out with K on the pass.
After enjoying the views from the pass, we headed toward camp. As we neared our campsite, we came to a high mountain lake - woo hoo!
K, a Labrador to the heart, joyously retrieved sticks from the lake.
And shook off the water (I'm showing this photo despite her protests)!
Then, we made a beeline for camp, for another day of basking in paradise. It was our last day in this spectacular spot so we savored it. Carpe Diem!