Vinod topping up on Jamba juice for the trip.
The Timber lake trailhead parking lot.
Destination Timberlake: 2000', 11 miles round trip.
A few streams on the way.
I can't remember what I was looking at. But it seems to have gripped me.
Still some ways to go.
...blotted by yours truly.
Warning: shots of flora and limited fauna to follow.
More of them. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Thats Timber lake with Mt. Ida in the background.
To compare, the tallest peak on the east side of the Mississippi stands at 6600'.
That wasn't too tough a hike, was it?
This chap didn't have much success while I hung around.
This is the best picture of the lot, but I probably need to increase the brightness a mite.
Since I had lugged my camera along, I figured I might as well get some different angles in.
Hey, there are more lakes hidden away.
I tried the back country trails to the top of Mount Ida.
But they were a bit muddy and the grass was too overgrown and I give up. I had to balance the camera on a rock for this picture.
Vinod also makes it to the top for the photoshoot.
He refused to budge from the rock.
Very obliging passerby.
Huge mushroom. Or is it a toadstool.
Will he, won't he... fall into the stream.
I play it safe.
This one has seen too many humans and wasn't too perturbed by my crouching around in the style of nature photographer, crunching twigs under my feet every 2 seconds.
Hanging around for several shots.
We took a break on a rock that was conveniently shaped like a bed. Trigger happy as I was, I didn't miss this shot.
The last time Vinod woke up this early was back in the previous century. Though to look at his grinning face you wouldn't say that. Hiking does that to people.
It was just a little bit chilly at 9000' at 6:30am.
"Hullo, hullo, hullo. Any breakfast on the cards?"
After sniffing around in a couple of campfire grills and drawing a blank, the pair shoved off.
Continental divide. Tallest point on Trail ridge road.
Apparently these things take tens and hundreds of years to grow. So keep off the grass, boys.
Good morning. Its just me. It would have taken some blasting powder to shift Vinod from the car.
"Thats right. I am not moving from the car."
A parting shot.