It's hot outside, the streets are crowded, and the job (or jobs) are beginning to take a toll. Fortunately, we live in Durango with a plethora of easy and quick escapes. Ice Lakes, just north of Silverton, is like a whole other world. The 7-mile round trip hike brings hikers through wild-flowers, over streams and past waterfalls to a 12,270 foot crystal blue alpine lake. Once there, one can reflect on life or perhaps summon the bravery to strip to their skivvies and jump into the ice cold water – as its name suggest. Just don’t forget to bring a towel and a raincoat. Monsoon season is upon us, and with a 2,430-foot elevation drop down to the car, it may be a cold walk back.