Our first day in Rocky Mountain National Park didn't disappoint. We started with a short warm-up hike in the morning at the Fern Lake Trailhead.
Wayne wasn't sure how his back would hold up, but the trail was mostly level with some minor inclines all the way to the bridge at The Pool.
The Pool wasn't very impressive, but the views along the way were mighty fine. Anyone know what kind of bird is pictured below?
Or how about these guys? They stood so still we might have missed them if someone else hadn't alerted us to look for them.
They could be juvenile Dusky Grouse which are common to the park. If anyone knows what they are, chime in on the comment section!
And someone took our picture for us, proof that we were out hiking together!
After our morning hike we collected Cory and drove up into the mountains.
|Hallett Peak behind Bear Lake|
Bear Lake is a subalpine lake that lies within a forest of spruce, fir, lodgepole pine and aspen. It wasn't the best day for photography, a still cloudless morning will apparently provide lovely reflections, but we enjoyed our walk around it nonetheless.
While Wayne and Cory wandered on ahead, I stopped to see what might be growing this late in the summer at over 9000 feet elevation.
The asters are everywhere, always one of my favorites.
Bear Lake is one of the most popular destinations in the park and the loop trail is relatively flat and an easy stroll at about 3/4 mile roundtrip.