Decided on staying more local today after yesterday's marathon of more than 200 miles. Just drove up to the nearest few lakes. Stopped off at Horseshoe Lake first, was surprised how little water there was in it, only about two thirds the size it was when we last visited. Many dead trees surrounded the lake. These had apparently be killed by an excess of CO2 gas, as the result of an earthquake in 1987. It opened a fissure that is still releasing the gas into the ground. It recommends that you don't lie down in depressions or tents and that dogs and children are more at risk because they are closer to the ground. Yes, really! Though people still seemed to be walking their dogs in the area.
After a quick circuit of lake, we went on another "moderate" hike, two miles climbing steadily up to a sparkling alpine lake. At times trekking through snow and ice. We were the only people there. The ultimate peace and quiet! Didn't want to leave. It was called Crystal Lake, either because the water was crystal clear or because of the way the sun sparkled on the surface.
The afternoon was just spent mooching around the shops and amazingly didn't buy anything!