Monday, August 26, 2013
I had a very nice weekend campout at Waldo Lake with the Sierra Club. It was a large group about 65 total. I packed in a rush after work, arrived late on Friday, and had to set up my tent in the dark. I was originally surprised to realize in my haste I packed TWO sleeping bags; but my mistake came in handy when another camper realized he forgot his and borrowed my extra one.
On Saturday, we split into separate hiking groups; I led a group of 11 hikers on an easier hike, to Bobby Lake. One of my participants had never hiked before; he was thrilled with the adventure. Our hike was about 4 miles through shady hemlock forests, with fairly gentle ups and downs. Our destination was just like a jewel.
Our hiking group at Bobby Lake (I would NEVER have the confidence to turn my back in a group photo! I admire her confidence)
View of The Twins from Bobby Lake
A small section of the trail to Bobby Lake is along the Pacific Crest Trail, and we met 3 different young people who are hiking the trail. One young couple started in Mexico and are going all the way to the Canadian border over 2,600 miles.
After our hike to Bobby Lake, another camper and I hiked another a stretch of the Waldo Lake trail. That evening, two grandsons of the late Judge Waldo attended our potluck and shared early photos. Judge Waldo proposed the original wilderness boundaries to protect this beautiful area.
Waldo Lake kayaks
Tree boles and old man's beard (tree moss) along the trail
This fungus looks like rising whole wheat bread!
Saturday night it just poured rain. Bend (my home town) was hit by more lightening. Luckily the storms also brought some precious rain to help control the wildfires.
On a separate note -- mom is much improved. She is enjoying her food; she is perky and lively; she is enjoying company again. Her sense of humor is back. I hope her happier state continues! She is still totally bedridden; she is still on morphine for the pain; she is still in hospice. But it is very encouraging to see her so much better than she was just a few weeks ago. Ill see her again in two weeks.