03/30/2015 02:59 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Hanging Out in Hanging Lake (Colorado Rocky Mountains)

Photo Credit Heather Hummel Photography

While living in Colorado a few years ago, a friend took me on a hike to Hanging Lake in Glenwood Springs. She mentioned that it was an easy hike, and it was in fact moderate with rocks acting as steps much of the way. The added bonus was the river that flowed alongside the trail the entire ascent. Since both my friend and I are avid photographers, it took us a little longer to do the hike than it probably would most people because with the flowing river, canyon walls and wildlife running about, the photo-ops were abundant, and we took advantage of every single one.

Photo Credit Heather Hummel Photography

We passed people ranging from athletes running up the one mile ascent to a cluster of nuns on a casual climb.

Photo Credit Heather Hummel Photography

The reward of climbing up through the canyon was when it broke out into the breathtaking view of Hanging Lake. One can't help but pause and take in the unexpected waterfalls and the pristine lake reflecting the sky, canyons and trees above. Who would think that at the top of a canyon sits this magical place? I never would have. Thankfully, my friend knew of it and shared this wondrous place with me.

Photo Credit Heather Hummel Photography

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