I take another long walk. This time I circle south along the reservoir dam and connect with the west end of the lake.
The nice part of the Denver area is knowing that the mountains are always to the west so I rely on them to get me back to the campground. As the lake disappears I encounter the wetlands area where I got lost before. I stride confidently through them this time and emerge southeast of the lake. Familiar landscape greets me and I know exactly where I am and how far I still have to walk to get back to our site, sweet site!