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On Friday we hiked up to Williams Lake above Taos Ski Valley. This was one of the hikes we took with Austin in September three years ago before he went to U of C. While we rested, Austin dashed about exploring the lake and climbing the large, rocky outcropping, then we hiked further to a beautiful waterfall. It was a lovely day for our family.
Our recent hike was on the third day of an uncharacteristic monsoon weather pattern, so the trail was a shallow stream bed and our ponchos soaked through. The lake is still lovely and we decided to visit the waterfall again. Near the waterfall a man hailed us--he hiked Wheeler Peak with his son then the rain hit and they couldn't find the trail out (old trail map). They were bivouacked for a day and a half in the rain and he'd been praying for help.He told us we were his angels, but he was mistaken. We were only there because of Austin's love for the spot. Overall, the hike was cold and wet, but one Austin would have loved because for him more challenge always meant more fun.