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It has been a challenging year, that I won't dwell on here.  Suffice it to say that I seriously needed to get away from the PC/Internet and phone!  

Last year WalkWithBlackFlies was in CO and told me about a place he really enjoyed in the San Juan National Forest in SW Colorado.  Ice Lake Basin sounded like just what I needed.

I talked to Jim about going with me and taking Dragon, who is 12 years old now.  We knew that this needed to be a casual hike that would allow all of us lots of time to rest and let the stress roll away.  Getting to the lower basin, then day-hiking from there seemed like the best option.

The hike is short, but quite steep!   When we reached the lower basin, we found a lovely "flat spot" for the tents that was almost like a groomed park.   With a creek close by, we were set for a few days.

The area is beautiful!  Now I want to go back in late July to see the flowers at their peak.

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Home sweet home:

From the ledge above

One of the smaller lakes:



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Frost the final morning:



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Neat. Looks like a cool place to relax. I really like the hues in the geologic formations of the second photo.

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Looks really nice!  I didn't realize Dragon was back with you.  Such a great dog and he looks happy with his pack!

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Looks really nice!  I didn't realize Dragon was back with you.  Such a great dog and he looks happy with his pack!

Actually, he is with Jim now.  The base my son is at now has breed restrictions and would not allow Dragon to live there.  I love Dragon, but really did not want to take responsibility for him again.  Jim jumped at the opportunity to give Dragon a new home.

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Nice pics! I love the frosty plant pics.
It's good to see Dragon back on the trail :)  Will he be at Pickle Gulch?


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It's good to see Dragon back on the trail :)  Will he be at Pickle Gulch?

Jim will have to answer that, though I believe he plans to be there, so Dragon should be too.

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It's good to listen to the mountains.  They are wise.

Nice report and photos.
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Ah, yes.  San Juans.  Very pretty corner of Colorado.
Do go back there (or Yankee Boy Basin) for the flower show.
You just missed it.

The photo of Dragon by the little fall on Flicker...Clear Creek ?


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The photo of Dragon by the little fall on Flicker...Clear Creek ?

Yes, I believe that is correct.  It's actually a large falls, that is just the bottom part in the photo.

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Beautiful!

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Looks like a nice trip. Regaining the sanity is important. I'm glad you had a fun relaxing trip.  Nice pics. Thanks for taking the time to share.
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Looks nice and serene, relaxing too.

I want to go!!


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Wonderful!  I've been itching to get back there for a while, and this is making it worse.  I'll have to print out some more maps for pre-PG hiking.
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looks like a perfect spot to get the webs out of the head Deborah...and with two old dogs for company and smiles,it can't get much better....

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Awesome! Beautiful pictures, Deborah. I'm so glad you got out and chilled. Chill is good. Chill is excellent.

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Thanks to all!   It was good to get out, that's for sure!

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That looks like the perfect place to wipe the slate clean. Thanks for sharing and the beautiful photo set.

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Nice trip, noble dog.

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Awesome Deborah. Your pics are beautiful! And Dragon looks great. Love that he's carrying his own sleeping pad. Mountains do heal, don't they? :)

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Looks like a perfect place, perfect weather, perfect company...  :)
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looks like a sweet spot to camp for sure...

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I just joined the forum here - so i don't know you, but I had to ppost because I've been to the place you went!  2 years ago we car camped in Ouray in mid-end of July, and did Ice Lakes as a day hike - and I have to say it was THE most beautiful place I have ever been!

If I can figure out how to post a photo, I will add it here....
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and Upper Ice Lake basin from trail to Island Lake


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It was awesome!!


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Lovely.  Thanks for sharing.

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Wow, beautiful area.  Glad you guys got out and enjoyed!

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Lovely, there is nothing like a high basin for re-charging your soul.  How have I not known what a talented photographer you are?  Beautiful shots.

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 How have I not known what a talented photographer you are?  Beautiful shots.

Thanks.  Because I have not been putting much effort into photography for several years.  Probably about as long as I have known you.   I need to continue to focus on photos more... I enjoyed the process.

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Old John Muir couldn't have done it better. I'm in accord as well, you have a bit of  the shutter bug in you. Nice work. Bless ya!

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