October 8, 2015
"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn."
From La Sal Creek, we descended into La Sal Pass and sauntered through the forests. We went to Beaver Lake and then Medicine Lake, where we were greeted by hunters on their ATVs. We ate lunch along the shore with splendid views of Tukuhnikivatz and Peale reflected in the glassy water. As cows grazed on the other side of the lake, we lounged in the grass all day beside its waters, sunbathing, napping and reading the New Testament. Slowing down at Medicine Lake and being away from society was truly the best medicine ever. Rather than hurry off, we stayed the whole night. We watched a spectacular sunset, gazed at the Milky Way, and built a raging fire. I collected several "chunkers" and threw them in the fire with a maniacal laugh. Caught up in this pyro moment, I forgot all about the cold. Meanwhile across the lake, other campers threw lighting fluid on their fire and sent the flame up to 20 or 30 feet high! I think all of us who were at Medicine Lake that night would agree - fire is fun.
Story of the day told, here are some pictures...
|Looking eastward toward mesas and San Juan mountains in Colorado.|
|Mount Peale and Beaver Lake.|
|On a forest road, with South Mountain in background.|
|Arriving at Medicine Lake, complete with ATVs and a scenic outhouse!|
|Our lunch view - Tukuhnikivatz to left, Peale to right.|
And that's how Day 2 went.