We arrived at one of the most beautiful spots today. Stan led us off the main path, following a mountain stream to a secluded dell, marked off from the surrounding forest by towering canyon walls.
At the last, the stream fed into a vast lake reflecting the bluest sky and the enclosing cliffs.
He pointed out a clearing on a bank above the lower end of the lake as the best place to set up our camp.
Hiking the perimeter to that clearing was an up and down affair, and at times our goal vanished from sight.
At long last we attained it, our guide warning us off of several dead ends.
Though it was yet early, we set camp.