"Life is a journey, not a destination."
That quote is well known to most, in one form or another. It's originally attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson. And though I doubt he was talking specifically about Forest Road 317 in Colorado, his words certainly kept popping into my head as I found myself repeatedly stopping on the way to Emerald Lake to capture a scene that caught my eye.
Mount Bellview stood out prominently to the northeast, so I stopped for a nice scene with the East River in the foreground ...
OK, so maybe in this case my Emerald Lake destination proved to be a little more memorable than the scenes along the journey to get to it. But the journey had its moments as well!