This trip was much different from the last. First of all, the snow-covered trails we trekked through last June were now completely dry and easy to follow. Instead of darkened clouds and chilling winds, we backpacked under a bright, cloudless sky -- it's incredible seeing how the landscape can completely transform within a couple of months time. This was my first real backpacking trip and it was exciting to explore the great wild and disconnect from the busy world. The hike to Thousand Island Lake from the Rush Creek trail near Silver Lake is 10 miles one way and mostly uphill, but it's a great destination for overnight camping. It was a bit warm during the day, but I loved seeing the beautiful rigid mountain peaks, alpine meadows, and lakes at Ansel Adams Wilderness Park.