Today I took J&M on a hike with some friends from work. We went up to Rocky Mountain National Park, parked at the Bear Lake trailhead, and hiked up to Loch Lake. The scenery was incredible - I haven't been out on a nice day like that in a long time. The temperature at that altitude was about 80 degrees (while everyone down in Boulder was suffering through 100+ - ha! Suckers!). We didn't see much in the way of wildlife, but there was an extraordinarly ballsy chipmunk that kept approaching while we sat on the rocks at the Loch and had our lunch snack. I know you're not supposed to feed them, but how can you resist when they walk up, climb onto your shoe, and then stand up and beg?
The hike was about 7 miles roundtrip, and we were beat by the time we got back to the cars. However, there was lunch still to be had - one of the guys in our group had boiled brats in Guiness the night before, and then brought his grill so we could brown them up for lunch. They were delicious! Especially with the two mini-kegs of Heineken!