….. I actually made it to Blue Lake. On July 18th I almost made it with The Boys (Jazzy and Prince), but we fell about a mile short.
On October 3rd Wandering Ju and I left Broomfield to hike the short trail (2.5 miles one way) to Blue Lake. It was a beautiful day!
There were no cars in the parking lot, so for the first time in years, we were actually able to park at the Mitchell Lake trailhead. Oh — it’s a glorious day!
We soon discovered why there were no cars in the parking lot.
The trail was 98.6% ice and snow. We passed a few hikers that warned us there was quite a bit of snow approaching Blue Lake. They warned us to be careful because the deep snow could easily lead us off trail. They warned us that the trail was very icy. But what the heck! — we had our poles, gloves, warm jackets, and plenty of chocolate. Blue Lake here we come!!!
It did feel more like we were ice skating to Blue Lake, than hiking to Blue Lake. We both left our Yaktrax at home, but I was so excited to make it to Blue Lake — I didn’t care!
We hiked through dense forest; past Mitchell Lake; and onward until we had to cross a long, icy L-shaped log bridge to cross a wide stream.
Because of so much ice and snow, we accidentally veered onto the “wrong” trail, but circled back, and continued on the “right” trail. Oh yes! — a glorious day!
After what seemed an eternity, I did it! I finally made it to ………………………….
Hey! — this is a Fairy Tale. Remember?
Fairy Tales aren’t true.
According to Wiki: “A Fairy Tale is a made-up story usually designed to mislead. A fabricated story — especially one intended to deceive. For example: Everything he told us about his happy marriage was just a Fairy Tale.”
Okay — I didn’t make it to Blue Lake. Again! But one day I will! One day it won’t be a Fairy Tale blog entry to Blue Lake! It will be a real life blog entry to Blue Lake!