Lakes. We love them. We especially love them when we are in the mountains. We seem to gravitate towards them on our trips. It has to be the tranquility of looking out at the water while you are in the quietness of the woods. It does something good to your soul. After our trip to Durango last summer where we spent a lot of our time at different lakes we knew that we had to find some lakes around here to explore.
First on our list was Lake Granby. It is the closest to our house and we figured we could make a short day trip out of it. We packed our snacks and headed out. It didn’t take us long to get there (once we figured out the correct directions). The lakes we visited in Durango were smaller than Lake Granby and we were instantly blown away by the size of it. Then you take in the mountains that are surrounding it and you feel very small. I’ve heard that Grand Lake is even bigger and we plan on heading there in the next couple of days. We drove around the lake for awhile looking for a spot to park that looked good for hiking. We saw several trailheads but didn’t get that feeling. We passed over the dam and kept going until we found a little parking area with a small trail leading into the woods around the very edge of the lake. Graham had a good feeling about this one and his feeling didn’t disappoint. It was short, easy and we could see the water the entire time. We passed a few people at the beginning who were fishing off a small beach but other than that we had it to ourselves.
Olivia was more than willing to put her feet in the water with me but it took Gray a little convincing. It’s probably because we have talked about how the snow melts and flows into the rivers and lakes. He thought it was going to be ice cold but it was actually warm. It wasn’t until we drove to another little hidden trail and walked down to a beach where I offered him a quarter if he would put his feet in that he agreed.
As you can see he was VERY happy about it. He said it was cold and in all fairness, this part of the lake was a little bit colder. He also was tired of me taking pictures which right after I took this my camera died so he was in luck. We spent awhile exploring this little beach until the rain moved in and we headed home. I’m definitely going to pack our swimsuits the next time we head to the lake because I would love to try stand up paddle boarding and I would love it even more if I could get Gray to go at least ankle deep in the water.