Ahhh sunrise. There is no better time of day. And with the changing of seasons, as sunrise begins later and later, making it impossible to miss.
On this particular morning, Jon and I decided to go for an easy hike on the Continental Divide Trail. His mother was in town and we had just a bit of time to ourselves to see some beautiful things, so naturally, we went to Herman Gulch. Right near our home. There was a hard frost covering the ground and most everything else. The fall leaves were tipped with white, along with the last wildflowers. The contrast was incredible.
I've written about Herman Gulch before; an easy hike that takes you to tundra and an alpine lake with just 3.5 miles of gorgeous scenery. You hike through dense forest, open fields and all the while a bubbling stream leads the way.
We hadn't been here since July and were quite excited to see the leaves bursting with color. There were definitely some vivid aspen groves, but for the most part, we were a little bit early. And that was a-okay. It was pretty enough with that frost covering the landscape. We had the trail to ourselves for most of the morning, setting the scene for a good time of real-talk and future planning. And isn't that the best? The honest conversation that comes up during hikes is one of my favorite things. Words flow like no other time.
We arrived to the lake quickly and spent some time soaking in the views and breathing the crisp air. The water was bright green and crystal clear. The lack of marmots was noticeable, as they are preparing for winter. Many may already be hibernating. Until next year, buddies.
This hike is going to make an excellent snowshoe and winter camp. I am already so excited for winter. Trying to stay in the moment of autumn is a delicate balance :)