My friend T and I hiked up to Ice Lake to spend the night. Unfortunately, this lake has been discovered. More and more people are making the trek up there, some just for the day. Nobody used to do 16 mile day hikes in these mountains, at least it was rare, but it is becoming more common. And the trail runners! Now don't get me wrong, I love a trail run as much as the next person, but who let the news out about this super rocky, steep trail? What I don't like about the trail runners are the ones who aren't local, who think that you should step aside for them just because they are running. Generally I try to do this even if I am hiking uphill, but the grumpiness that ensues when the trail is narrow and the person has to walk a few steps! Please, people. The trail belongs to everyone.
These are only minor annoyances which quickly faded away as we arrived at the lake. A strange fog lay over the mountains as we looked for a snow-free place to set up camp.
So it was nice to get out with a friend who doesn't ask for much but a beautiful lake and your stove to heat water with. We sat on a hillside watching the sun set. The night wasn't cold, everyone went to bed early, and I slept better than I have in a long time. So what if all hiking partnerships don't work out? There are others that do. The way to look at it is that sometimes, what you have is enough.