My third and last day in the Holy Cross Wilderness took me to Lonesome Lake, a suitable day hike for recovery, because it has little elevation gain and is easy on the mind.
The first part is gently uphill through old growth forests. Aging can be beautiful.
The middle section leads through lush meadows with an abundance of wildflowers. This would be a place to grow old.
Then, after a short last climb, there is the lake, lonesome alright, as is the entire valley.
Behind the lake the valley closes with mountains from the continental divide. Crossing it means going west.
Sadly not yet. Hopefully soon.