A seasoned outdoorsman pulls ashore on Mix Lake in Colorado to canoe, hike and climb

This photo was taken at Mix Lake, which is near to and at a little higher elevation than Platoro Reservoir located west of Alamosa. I had intended to canoe on Platoro but the wind was creating whitecaps so I paddled this much smaller and much calmer lake. I was on a camping trip to canoe and hike. And to climb Conejos Peak, a 13,172-foot peak. I got past Tobacco Lake on the climb but a storm forced me down just a mile from the top. I’m 71 years old and climbed five peaks that summer, including Uncompahgre.

Mix Lake
Thomas Helm captures a photo of his canoe on the shore of a glistening Mix Lake.Thomas Helm

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