Heading out on an early hike is good for the soul, even if it means a double latte kind of day. My friend Jared and I ended up choosing a traditional hike for us, our yearly visit to Sheep Lake, on the Pacific Crest Trail. We had planned on doing way more but I just had nothing in me to do a hard hike. It has been a stressful summer for me, sometimes just sitting for hours, with nothing but the wind, is what I need. I don’t get a lot of quiet time. And honestly, with my youngest son’s severe food allergies, I haven’t felt confident enough to take him hiking without my husband along. So these short trips, kid-free, are therapy for me.
I was a few minutes on the road and realized I had left my good camera behind. Oh….I was not going back and waking up my kids on accident! So I thought hard and figured at least I had my mobile phone to shoot photos with.
We were rewarded with getting up early with blue skies and really cold temps, a nice prodding to get moving. Jared and I did get a good snicker that we hiked this trail last year, a year to the week. Sheesh.
Sheep Lake….lots of groups camping overnight when we arrived. By 11 am or so, everyone was gone. It was so odd that it was quiet – normally that lake is full of dayhikers.
Correct me if I am wrong, Kinnikinnick?
The lake was really pretty this visit, I had only been to this end of the lake once before. The snow was all gone, but the streams were still flowing, full of tadpoles and frogs.
Did I mention it was chilly much of the time at the lake? Not that I was complaining – the breeze kept the bugs at bay. It was maybe mid-60’s and sunny. Part of me wished for pants and not shorts though 😉 I was glad I stuck my wool hoodie in at the last second.
Jared brought his fly fishing gear and spent the next 4-5 hours fishing.
The meadows were popping, with the flowers just starting to come on.
Magenta Paintbrush –
He caught a bunch (and released them), he was joined every once in awhile by others with poles – his method kept catching, the others didn’t.
Did I mention I lazed around, studying the inside of my eyelids? I read a few books on my phone’s Kindle app, took a bunch of photos and then went exploring, up into the basin, checking out areas I hadn’t been to before.
Then more just being lazy……