Hanging Lake

I’ve been dying to go to Hanging Lake since moving out here and I FINALLY went! It was amazing, and photos will never do it justice. My friends were here from out of town (HI KAYLA) and it was a great excuse to drive down I-70 and check out this hike. It’s not too long-a little over a mile. It does have about 1,000 of elevation gain though, so hiking boots and water are definitely recommended. The drive out to Hanging Lake from Denver is beautiful just on it’s own!

This view was the last thing you saw until you got to Hanging Lake.
It was literally breathtaking.

I mean come on…how beautiful is this? A crystal clear lake plopped in the middle of a mountain. God, you sure do make beautiful things out of dust.

But wait-it’s not over. Hike a little bit past the lake and you get a waterfall literally falling from the middle of the mountain. I felt like we were in The Goonies chasing treasure (favorite movie ever, fun fact about Katelyn). This life is pretty great, isn’t it?

And then here’s a majestic view for your way home. 

Now it’s time for some tough love from Katelyn about happiness. This life is so amazing because we live in a country where you have the free will, free speech, and countless opportunities. You can choose to be happy. Do not let everyone else effect your happiness, it is YOURS and no one else’s to take. If you’re not happy about the way you look in the mirror, workout, take time to get ready, tell yourself you’re the most beautiful thing on this planet. Want to move somewhere new? DO IT. Want to climb a mountain? Train hard and DO IT. It’s amazing how your life will change once you realize you can change it to make yourself happier.
I’m currently reading “You are a Badass” and it’s highly recommended!

Take time today to do something that will make you happy.
I’m going for a hike, because that makes me infinitely happy.

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