A Mountain Oasis

Examine the photo and the clues we've provided below to pinpoint this location. Choose right and you could win a $100 BSA Supply Group gift card.

Photograph by Roger Morgan

I’m hiking along a rugged mountain trail when the trees open up to reveal a serene pool of crystal-blue water. The water in this lake—at least, I think it’s a lake—looks clean enough to drink, but I know better. Behind it is a massive rock formation. The two represent the perfect blend of jagged strength and peaceful beauty.

I sit down for a quick lunch—crackers and squeeze cheese, of course—and take a closer look at this cliff-like arrangement of rocks. I have faith that it has a name, but I have no idea what it could be.

I check the altimeter on my wristwatch. I’m at roughly 8,000 feet above sea level, but I feel sky high. Great hiking, mountain air—and squeeze cheese. This is what Scouting is all about.

After I stuff my trash into my backpack, I feel a change in the breeze telling me it’s almost time for the afternoon rainstorm. You can practically set your watch by the short showers out here. I will leave behind this peaceful retreat knowing that many more like it lie on the trail ahead.

But as I prepare to depart, one question remains: Where Am I?

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