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The ascent turned out to be child’s play, really, especially when compared to some of my other off trail adventures earlier on the trip. Dragon Lake was only a couple hundred feet above Rae Lakes and the slow steady incline up to it made the trek much easier than I was anticipating. Once I reached it I pulled out my map just to verify that I had in fact found the lake I had thought I was heading to. It was. It wasn’t anything all that special.
I think the word “dragon” had just conjured up images and expectations in my mind of something extraordinary and even if the lake had been breathtakingly beautiful it still wouldn’t have met my pre-conceived notion of what I thought it should be. As long as I could remember I had always been fascinated by books, stories, images, history, legends, and everything else related…
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