So, let's look at a few of the photos I've been collected during my blogging hiatus. Today, a few from a hiking day trip up to Shelf and Solitude Lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park. This trip was back in August, so I'm only a few months late...
It's actually a pretty long hike, about 11 miles round trip and quite a bit of vertical. The first bit is plenty nice, though initially rather crowded as it's off the popular Glacier Gorge trailhead and goes past Alberta Falls. After a few miles you get to the lake pictured above, which is Mills Lake if I recall correctly.
Debbie's directions, they're much more reliable than that damned unreliable wildlife.
So that's pretty much it for Shelf and Solitude Lakes. I highly recommend them, but only if you can hack the 5 mile hike, followed by a climb/scramble 1000+ feet up a non-trail in about half a mile, and then going back down. Oh, the hike tops out around 12,000 or 13,000 feet. Even then, I'd take a buddy - it would be easy to slip and hurt yourself on the way down.