Once Around the Lake

While visiting the Great Sand Dunes National Park, we stayed at San Luis Lake State Park. The few trails here are closed because of migratory bird nesting but the Ranger told us we could hike all around the lake. She even said we might find an arrowhead (but we couldn’t keep it even if we did) since the lake is particularly low right now.

After hiking the Dunes, seeing Zapata Falls, and lunch in the trailer, we started out around the lake. We weren’t exactly sure how far it would be but it was still early. The weather was perfect – just cloudy enough to keep it from being too hot.

Well, those clouds turned into a pouring rain storm with thunder and wind. There was even a bit of small hail.

At first, I thought we should just keep walking and it would pass but Alan checked out the GPS and realized we were at most only 1/3 of the way. So, we turned around and hung out in a picnic shelter for a half-hour and then took the road back to camp.

Here was the view from our shelter as we waited:

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Miles hiked: 3.5
Total miles hiked: 13.5

I think the goal for this trip is 12 National Parks/Monuments in 12 weeks and 120 miles hiked.

We will be on our way to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park by the time you read this. It will take use most of the day Thursday to make the drive. We are taking the long way around to avoid some of the smaller mountainous roads. I’m not sure what kind of cell service we will have so don’t worry (and that means you, Pa) if I don’t post for a while.

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