Deck Visitor, Lakes hike
Thursday, August 15, 2019
I looked out my window this afternoon, and discovered that the deer herd was once again hiding under my front deck. It’s a nice shady spot for them! I’m not sure if this is the greatest photo, but they run away if I get closer
I had minor surgery yesterday to remove a cyst on my back. So I am following the doctor’s advice and avoiding exercising for a couple of days, so I don’t rip out the stitches. But I am sharing photos from a hike with friends to the mountain lakes in the Oregon Cascade mountains. We did this hike last month, but I got behind in blogging. And I am missing hiking and missing the mountains, and these photos bring me back to a place of joy.
Wildflowers were blooming along the trail. Even the bear grass was still blooming in the high country.
We arrived at beautiful Benson lake.
Then we hiked another mile to beautiful small Tenas lake.
Then we hiked back to our starting point, and a little bit farther, to reach Scott lake.
Hanne on the hike
Hanne and Jan in front
Even though the wildflowers and the views were wonderful, the mosquitoes were horrible. I am glad I brought toxic bug spray! My friend had herbal spray that did not work.
A couple of days later, Hanne and I hiked around Clear Lake. This was a more grueling hike for both of us. It used to be an easier hike, but we are older end it has become more strenuous for us. But I am so glad we went, it was beautiful.
Clear Lake is the source of the mighty McKenzie river. The final photo is me crossing the trail bridge over the river. I can’t wait until I can go hiking again!