From Garnet Lake it actually wasn't that hard to reach Thousand Island Lake, first passing by Ruby Lake, a smallish lake fronted by pine trees, patchs of snow reflecting in the wind-dappled surface.
When Mike finally arrived at Thousand Island Lake the sun was more or less overhead. He took some routine "I was there" pix, but conditions weren't ideal. The mountain in the photo is Banner Peak, with Mt. Ritter looming just behind it.
Photos: Ruby Lake—Sierra Nevada, 2010; Banner Peak, Thousand Island Lake—Sierra Nevada, 2010