Today's pics feature an area I've visited many times: Glacier Gorge in Rocky Mountain National Park. I've done the hike up to Black Lake and beyond in every season of the year; the trailhead is only an hour's drive from my house. Yet I still haven't climbed Spearhead, the massive rock formation that dominates the upper gorge. It's pretty high on my wish list; and now that my son's getting older, the time to start knocking items off that wish list is coming soon. Even if you don't climb, the basin is lovely. Particularly in fall, when the aspens are gold.
|Hiking near Black Lake in Glacier Gorge
|Spearhead. Just look at that rock face! There's also a class 3 scrambling route to the summit (the route is used as a descent by climbers)
Where the Ni-Lach. The protagonist is a young man who has thought all his life he's human, only to discover he's in truth one of the feared Ni-Lach, a race that was exterminated by the human colonists. An unscrupulous man seeks to force him to find the Ni-Lach's long-lost treasure, and adventure ensues. It's a solidly enjoyable story with engaging characters, and is the first in a similarly enjoyable series. Bennett's books are out of print and sadly unavailable in electronic form, but I still mention the series because I loved it too much to have it vanish, forgotten by modern readers, as so many other books I loved as a child seem to have. (Thank goodness for libraries! Books like Bennett's can still be found through the Prospector system and other inter-library loan programs.)