FC: June Lake 2011 "Our Fall Color"
1: Independence, CA Oct 22, 2011 Elevation: 3930 Population 669
2: Breakfast at Jenny's Cafe
4: On Friday, Oct 21, 2011, John woke up craving to see "Fall Color." He decided to jump in the car and head toward Apple Valley to pick up his "Jenny Girl" and take her to Yosemite. He called ahead and made reservations at a quaint Bed & Breakfast in the town of Independence. When they pulled up in front of the B&B, it was a surprise for them to see that it had closed down. Funny thing is that John made reservations online in which the B&B took his credit card and sent him a confirmation via email. Their overnight plans quickly changed to finding a room at "Ray's Den," a small motel in the heart of Independence. After a good nights sleep they headed to the town of Bishop where they stopped at Schatz Bakery.
7: Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~Albert Camus
8: Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn. ~Elizabeth Lawrence
9: We stopped at Pine Creek and walked around. The beautiful sound of a running creek surrounded us. The first smell of mountain air filled our senses. Fall was in the air.
10: Nature gives to every season, a beauty all its own. - Charles Dickens
12: Our first glimpse of June Lake. We liked it so much that we decided to stay the night and explore the little town filled with many hiking adventures. John discovered a hidden road that took us to the very edge overlooking the lake. A beautiful spot to get a picture or two.
13: Fall is here!
14: A Short Hike into the Meadow | A Short Hike Into the Foothills of Beautiful Aspen Trees
15: We pulled off to the side of the road a few miles past the town of June Lake. John spotted a small colorful meadow of trees. We took some time to walk inside and surround ourselves with beautiful Fall Colored Aspens.
20: We spent Saturday night at the Double Eagle Resort & Spa. They were out of standard rooms so we got to stay in one of their cabins. John built a nice fire. We enjoyed some wine and later went to dinner.
23: Parker Lake Trailhead When we went for coffee Sunday morning, the receptionist recommended one of her favorite hikes to Parker Lake. We took off in John's truck and parked at the base of the trail. John packed some water and food. I read the warning signs about BEARS....my first official trail hike....Yikes!! The words above stuck in my mind..... This Place is Wild!!!!
25: The Great Grandpa Trees speak to us!! BELIEVE! Hold on to what is good, even if it is a handful of earth. Hold on to what you believe, even if it is a tree that stands by itself.
28: We reached Parker Lake at the end of the trail. We didn't see any bears nor did we see any people until we reached the lake. We noticed other hikers across the lake that were doing some fishing.
32: Awaken to the ordinary beauty..... Our lives are filled with demands, responsibilities, expectations, places to go and things to do. We may get so caught up in the task that we miss the golden moment happening right now. Our spiritual development is nourished by our senses. The sights, sounds, touch and scents in the beauty of this weekend. It was refreshing. A spiritual renewal. We have our time together that bonds us to each other. Its in these moments that we look around us and notice the simple things that give us pleasure and remind us of our appreciation for one another. nother wonderful adventure enjoying one another and getting to know each other