We went over to the little lake yesterday, and did the loop trail around it. There are benches along the way, so you can stop and rest a bit when you get tired.
There weren't many people around. After Labor Day, it slacks off until mid October, then it's hectic for a week or so. After that, it will be June before the tourists start coming back.
While we were at the lake, a big thunderstorm came up. Lots of wind and thunder, and plenty of leaves coming down out of the trees, but no rain or lightning. That happens a lot in the mountains at this time of year.
If we take the paved road from the park to our place, instead of going through the national forest, it takes a little longer but it has some nice views. Everything is still green right now, but by November the mountains will be brown or gray.
On our way home, we pass this "tiny house." It's about 400 square feet, but it seems to have everything a person would need to get along. For years, you saw big "cabins" being built up here as second homes. Then 2007/2008 came along and that particular business has never recovered. The trend now is for people from the city to build very inexpensive, no frills but functional "retreats."
This is another cabin along the same road. The ground floor is a shop, the upper level is living space. Probably less than 800 square feet all told, but he has a nice piece of land, way out in the boondocks, with a creek and a flat place where he grows a big garden.