Posted on Tue, 12-Jul-2016Mon, 25-Jul-2016 by HenrySneffels Wilderness / Uncompaghre National Forest Wilamot Valley has views to dream about. Wow! We strolled to this beaver pond in the early morning. The Travato found a great parking place! We stayed put for three nights. We watched photographers come and take pictures of us…well probably, unlike us, they cropped out the Travato. We could enjoy some river time…tho the mosquitos kindav liked this spot as well. One night some horses were brought in and added a beautiful touch to the valley. They were more interested in the grass than the view. The start of the hike to Blue Lake. This is a hugely popular trail and we were really glad to have walked the mile to the trailhead rather than try to park. A couple backpackers asked for their photo here so they reciprocated by taking this one of us. A panarama view. Amazing colors. It did not feel real. We decided to take a cue from the marmot and just sun ourselves on a rock Life is good! Especially with views like this. True Prisma colors. More columbines in bloom, along the banks of the crystal clear water. The second day we hiked to Baine Basin which is the next valley over. There were many river crossings but all were nicely fashioned with sturdy bridges. Our first view of the valley – there were so many waterfalls! We hung out on a rock with this view – a bit closer to the water. Colorful wildflowers. We loved this magenta variety of Paint Brush. Another evening stroll in the valley before turning in. I think we need to come back in the fall and see this valley with the aspens. It is a new favorite spot…we are collecting them.