When my husband and I visited Rocky Mountain National Park for the first time last September, I was in awe of the beauty that surrounded us at every turn. One of our first stops in the park was Bear Lake, where we walked the nature trail. I decided to share that trails photos with you, along with some inspiring quotes for the new year...remember that each photo will enlarge, if clicked on once and then again....
"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells..." ~ Edward Abbey
"To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring - these are some of the rewards of the simple life." ~ John Burroughs
"Your success and happiness lies within you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties." ~ Helen Keller
"I remember a hundred lovely lakes, and recall the fragrant breath of pine and fir and cedar and poplar trees. The trail has strung upon it, as upon a thread of silk, opalescent dawns and saffron sunsets. It has given me blessed relief from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day. It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful. Whenever the pressure of our complex city life thins my blood and benumbs my brain, I seek relief in the trail; and when I hear the coyote wailing to the yellow dawn, my cares fall from me - I am happy." ~ Hamlin Garland
"I have the opportunity, once more to right some wrongs, to pray for peace, to plant some trees, and sing more joyful songs." ~ William Arthur Ward
At 9,475 foot elevation, Bear Lake Trail is a popular and easily traversed trail which loops around Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. All of the photos above were taken along the 0.8 miler trail. My husband and I were fortunate that the trail was relatively empty the day we visited the park, and we were able to enjoy the serenity of of its views.
After living in New York City all of my life up until last year, in particular the borough of Brooklyn, which has 2.5 million people within its borders, I find the beauty and seasonal rhythm of these abundant natural areas of Colorado to be very peaceful and uplifting. As much as I loved the energy of the city, and all the cultural opportunities it afforded me, I find the natural beauty of the west even more alluring.
I hope to show you more about my new state of Colorado in the coming year, and I look forward to this new year full of many more adventures and discoveries!
What are you looking forward to in the new year? Wishing you good health and happiness in the year ahead!