Our first adventure on our mountain getaway was going for a hike on the Willis Gulch Trail right next to Twin Lakes. The trail was only a 10 min drive from the cabin. The weather was pretty great and although we started out with coats, we quickly shed those as we warmed up on the beginning of our hike. The most amazing thing about this hike were the views of all the aspen trees and their brightly colored leaves. It was like walking in a wonderland of yellow and orange. We hiked along the Willis Gulch Cutoff trail until for about a mile until it ran right into the main part of the Big Willis Gulch Trail. Madeline walked a good portion of this trail and had the best time in her new hiking shoes. She was quite the chatterbox while she was hiking. It really was quite impressive that she could hold a steady pace while hiking uphill. Along the trail we had great views of the Twin Lakes, a sweet waterfall, and yellow line pathways full of fall aspen leaves. As we neared the junction where our trail met up with the main trail, we had a few options. We could have kept on hiking upward towards Willis Lake, but it was another couple of miles and we thought it was better to keep today’s hike shorter since we planned on doing a bigger hike the next day. That turned out to be the wise choice. We cut down on the main Willis Gulch trail back down the mountain to make one big loop. We found a few good spots to stop and eat lunch but every time we sat down to eat our lunch, a few bees quickly smelled our sweet sandwiches and swarmed us. To say that Madeline is scared of bees, flies and pretty much anything that buzzes is an understatement. She literally freaked out, so we packed up our lunch and ate it on the move. The last beautiful section was 100 yards long of the most beautiful yellow wooded area. It was magical. We could have spent all day playing there.