We took our friend Pat with us (but no poms this time, as Cosmo had a sore leg, and Lexi doesn't like hiking).
|Auntie Pat, people will think you traded in the poms for a sheltie!|
|I almost titled this post "Maggie's at the Bridge", because of this photo, but thought|
some of my readers might not forgive me for scaring them!
There is beautiful scenery, and even on this Sunday summer's day (albeit an overcast one), it was very peaceful - we saw a handful of anglers, a couple of hikers, and a couple of swimmers/waders.
We hiked the trail counter-clockwise, starting with the well groomed side. We took several side trails to more closely explore the shoreline and to obtain different vantage points for viewing the lake.
Though there is wildlife in these forests, the only non-human, non-insect forms of wildlife we saw was this little junco, sitting on a rocky bluff looking out over the lake. He seemed totally unperturbed by my intrusion.
Just past the narrow section of the spectacles, we came across five or six anglers at what was clearly the preferred fishing hole. The lake is stocked with American Brown Trout, and even after weeks of very hot weather, the anglers were still eager to catch some. Personally, I prefer my catches to be spring or fall, unless the lake is glacial. Summer holidays are, of course, a great time for a parent and child to bond over the art of fishing though, and I'm sure this boy and his dad are making great memories.
This next angler, though, just made me see red - fire red.
|What part of "Extreme Fire Hazard - No Smoking!" doesn't he understand?|
But enough of that rant. The angler out in a float tube made for a pretty picture, as did a young woman wading in water.
A few more stops to admire the view and take some photos,
Or rest a bit, if you're a dog:
and soon we were heading back along the top edge of the spectacles and back to the little beach area where we had our pick of the three picnic tables to eat our lunch while admiring the view.
A good hike, short but with enough variation of scenery and terrain to refresh the mind, body, and spirit. Thanks for joining us.