Crystal hunting in the Fall. Hard to top that. We started our day with a hearty home cooked breakfast. Eggs, sausage, cinnamon rolls & OJ. Ave was in charge of the eggs and made me scrambled in meat grease. Very nice. Then he made himself one handsome omelette.
After breakfast we packed our backpacks with snacks and drinks and drove out to Lake George in search of adventure and smoky quartz.
It was very nice having a companion to open the cattle gate as we headed off-road 🙂
We had about a half mile hike to get to the hunting grounds, but first we had to cross a little creek.
We first tried walking across a fallen tree, but it didn’t reach all the way across the creek so we pulled off our shoes and socks and rolled up our pants and waded through the icy cold water.
When we reached the other side of creek we had to walk through a thicket and there were lots of thorns and thistles, so we got a little scratched up. We spent a little time pulling thistles from our feet, socks & pants before proceeding with the hike.
It was a nice, easy trail to our destination, but both of us were feeling the altitude.
We took a snack break at the top of the hill, poked around the granite and found a few pieces of smoky quartz. Just chips and pieces, but souvenirs nonetheless. Most of the aspens in the area had already dropped their leaves, but Ave noticed these two aspens still had their leaves. He said “look how yellow those are!” We had to have a pic.
It was about 3:30 in the afternoon so we started our hike back to the truck. Ave noticed an interesting old tree trunk that had been burned in a forest fire. He suggested we take a pic of that too.
We both liked the way the sun sparkled on the creek, so we took a few more pictures of that on the hike back.
…and hit McDonalds on the way back 😉