Sadly, last year my telescoping rod had broken, so I had to take my two-piece rod with me, but it strapped on nicely to my day pack so it was no problem.
I started hiking at around 5:30 am. I was hoping to get some good pics of the sun hitting the peaks. Along the trail I saw a slug about five inches long crossing the trail. Here's a photo of it:
There was still quite a bit of snow up there on the peaks, because of the cooler weather we had up until recently.
Then there's the lake itself, with Sun Dial Peak on the left behind it:
All in all it was a great day, with more fun throughout. A gem of a day indeed.