Here are a couple of photos from the trip to Independence Lakes this weekend with the Young Men. Only two were able to go, one with his father. Bishop and I attended as well.
Boy, I will tell you, that was a mean little hike for someone who has not hiked for 5 years. I took in a 42 pound pack with everything I needed plus a couple extra comforts (like a sleeping pad, two stoves for cooking with extra fuel, and some other tidbits).
We were quite pleased to arrive and find the temperature at the trailhead to be only 82. Down in the valley before the cloud cover arrived it was 96.
We had to move along at a pretty fast little clip because we were later in the day and wanted to have enough daylight to set up our tents and cook dinner. Here is a fuzzy picture I took of a Columbine on the way up. They were everywhere along the drive and a few on the lower parts of the trail. All of the Columbines were completely white.
We arrived around 9:45 in the proper Independence Lakes Basin. There were a number of campers and we were too tired to try the third lake, so we camped near the prime camping area at lake 2. We set up our tents in the light, cooked our meal in the dark, and went to bed because we were all so completely exhausted.
Morning arrived and I found out that pretty much nobody slept. Likely because of exhaustion but we also had a rowdy party in the camp next door. It looked like it might rain so we started breakfast and packed our tents to avoid trying to pack in the rain.
After breakfast, and no rain, we left camp to head home. We grabbed a local rowdy camper and he took a few pictures. This is one of the better ones of us.
The photo of the ridge right behind us turned out pretty lousy. But here are two other shots of the ridge.
On the way out I snapped another picture overlooking Elba, just like the other one above.
This little trip was to help us prepare to visit Quiet Lake in the White Clouds at the end of July. I need to get my hiking legs and shoulders a little stronger for that hike!