This was my first backpacking trip of the season. Pretty much as soon as I finished weddings, I just had to get out and put some trips up on my calendar. I was so grateful to have Heather (her first backpacking trip and Kelsey to join me on this trip! First of all, Blanca Lake isn’t your typical overnight trail, but I’ve been wanting to stay the night since I was last here. I just felt like there were lots of great night time opportunities. The trail climbs pretty well mostly the whole way until the last part down to the lake. Kels and I booked it most of the way, and I don’t think I have ever sweated so much before on a hike! So intense. Our legs would literally hurt more if we stopped for too long, so we decided to just take short breaks. When we got to the top near the meadows, it starts thundering and raining a little bit. It was so crazy because I watched the weather so well for this weekend and it said 0% rain; that being said, never trust the weather!! And be prepared for ANY type of rain. I totally regretted leaving my rain jacket and rainfly to save some weight…I was afraid it was going to downpour on us at night and we’d have to figure out a new sleeping situation haha. Anyways, when we got down to the lake, it was pretty overcast with storm clouds coming in. Drizzled a little, and it was a little chilly but we still got to chill and relax down at the bottom. We decided to set up our tents and just lay around until bedtime haha. Eating and people watching were probably the most eventful thing to do. Night time rolled around, and thankfully it didn’t end up raining at all. Since I left my rainfly at home, my tent was all mesh over the top so you could see all the stars so bright! It was the most beautiful. Since this was pretty much my first night photo trial since last summer….my photos were a little rusty. I couldn’t really figure out how to focus on infinity, so they weren’t as sharp as I had hoped. It’s always trial and error, every trip. All in all, great trip with great girls and we learned a lot for future trips!