Saturday, July 1, 2017

A Snowy Mountain Hike - Can you believe it's July!

 ~ Photos~
 Carson Pass Trail Head, Winnemucca Lake
 Marker to Winnemucca Lake, Pausing Near Frog Lake, Wild Flowers
Frog Lake, Dead Tree at Winnemucca Lake

We left the house around 6:40 A.M., and after stopping at McDonald's for breakfast, we began the two hour drive up to Carson Pass for our annual mountain hike.

Usually we see the mountainside covered in wild flowers with a few patches of snow. This year, there was so much snow that most of the way we could not even find the trail. Occasionally, we stumbled upon sections of it, only to lose it again under more snow.

However, all we had to do to reach Winnemucca Lake was to head in the direction of Round Top rising above it.
 ~ Photos ~
Following the Leader
View of Round Top, View of Caples Lake from trail
Snow Covered Hill Below Round Top
Clear Section of Hiking Trail
Winnemucca Lake Elevation: about 8999 ft.
It was a free fishing day, and the fellows had hoped to catch a few fresh mountain trout.
Alas, the banks of Winnemucca Lake were covered in icy snow.
All this snow made for a real adventure, a pleasant change from our regular hike.
Navigating Our Way Back
One for the Album, Winnemucca Lake
Trail with View of Round Top, Lunchtime at Winnemucca Lake
A Great Day for a Mountain Hike

Friday, June 30, 2017

A Week in the Southwest

~ Morning Flight to the Southwest on Southwest ~
Last week, we made our way to Santa Fe.

I wish I would have taken photos of the Santa Fe Plaza.
But I was at one time too lazy and other times forgot my camera.
A little local color ~ the flavor of Santa Fe.
We Stayed at Fort Marcy, a short walk from the Plaza.

After three days in Santa Fe, We spent the next two days driving to the Grand Canyon.
We took a pleasant two mile walk along the South Rim Trail
from the visitor center to Grand Canyon Village.
Spectacular views were ours for the taking.

We spent the night in Williams AZ, and left at 4:00 the next morning and drove 13 hours back home.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Midweek Camping

This week we camped at our favorite campsite on Morning Star Lake
This 34-year-old tent has seen many years of camping at this very spot.
I thank the Lord that we had no rain, because our tent is no longer rain poof.
We love it all the same. I have not been able to find another tent like it.
It has three completely enclosed separate rooms with zippers.
It rained here before we arrived and rained the day we left.
But we had two full days of warm sunshine.
The lake was even warm enough for swimming.

The boys rowed this log across the lake to our campsite.
Stephen wanted to go get it; Adam was not really enthusiastic, but he did it because it meant so much to Stephen.
In the end, I think they both had lots of fun.
This log provided many hours of entertainment.

Food! Praise the LORD!
What would camping be without it!
An evening snapshot of the campsite and the boys on the lake.

Aah - nothing so wonderful as a campfire breakfast!
I love taking photos of my coffee pot on the campfire ☺.
Coffee ☕

I also love photos of the lake when it is calm.
Sadly, a lot of fishing produced just about no fish.
(We usually catch our limit, but the new owners have not stocked the lake with trout.)
Bill did catch one bass. The boys had talked of cooking fish on the campfire.
At least they fulfilled that goal.
This bluegill was Stephen's only catch.
He left it in this pan of lake water. I told him it would probably jump back into the lake - which, a few hours later, it did.

Hikes around the lake is one of our favorite activities.
But more than anything, being keeper of the campfire is my best-loved pastime.
The fellows kept me supplied with plenty of firewood.
This deer came to see if there were any handouts.
Someone, I won't name names, threw it a couple of marshmallows.

The fellows insisted on a photo of me.
This is also my hand - a selfie.
I now have this photo of  my fishermen as my desktop.
We stayed up late waiting for a sky full of stars.
Although we only had the two boys with us, it was one great camping trip!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Idaho and Montana Road Trip

 If you know me, you know that I love road trips.

From Boise, we drove up highway 55 through Cascade, Idaho to US-95 and on to Coeur d'Alene ~
Some of the most beautiful scenery in the entire United States.
Highway 2 through Montana
Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park golf course
Lake McDonald lodge from lake side
Lake McDonald
Ellisport Bay ~ Hope, Idaho
My darling sister orchestrated these photos :)

True to my nature, I had to take photos of this retro McDonald's.

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