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Lost Creek Lake
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Pictures for Pam, Day 180: Trunk at the Edge of Lost Creek Lake

Pictures for Pam, Day 180: Trunk at the Edge of Lost Creek Lake 

(+1 inset) (Once again, sorry for the length of this post--I'll be doing this whenever we are out in the RV. If you want to know about the picture, just scroll down to the bottom. :) )

It's Tuesday night right now and I'm about to go to sleep…Steve and I went on a bike ride after lunch that turned out to be quite exciting!

We were entertaining the idea of riding around Lost Creek Lake, which is supposed to be about 20 miles. However, we weren't sure if that was a very wise idea, given that we've only just started to get ourselves back into shape and our last ride at home was only 8.5 miles. We thought we'd start off by riding on the bike path that led down to the camp marina, just a few miles away.

Funny enough, the path we took actually led the wrong way and brought us right back to our campsite! We couldn't stop laughing as we turned around and tried again, this time choosing the correct turn that we'd missed. Through lovely woods and over narrow wooden bridges, we made our way down to the marina and stopped to look in their little store. It had the bare minimum of supplies, all at twice the price they should be--big surprise…not! :D The marina was small but fun to see and I got a few pictures while Steve relaxed outside the store.

While I was taking pictures I discovered the paved but lumpy single-track path that went along the lake and soon we were bouncing along the trail and enjoying the adventure. However, we soon realized that there hadn't been any maintenance done this season and we found a few poison oak branches that we narrowly avoided.

Even though the trail was there, it became more and more worrisome as we continued. Many downed trees across the trail required us to carry our bikes over them, more and more poison oak was in the pathway and finally we couldn't even avoid the leaves which brushed against our arms as we rode by. There were many places that I couldn't ride my bike over--roots and rocks in the path, unexpected steep spots, bridges that could not be ridden over, etc. Then we encountered a spot where erosion caused a tree to fall into the lake, taking most of the trail with it. We could walk our bikes past the missing trail but just barely. Beyond that, a very steep hill going down and around a curve…and that was enough of that. Our nerves were shot. We'd hoped for an easier ride and this was just too much.

We both ended up with poison oak on us and when we got back we took turns taking showers and we're hoping that we successfully washed the urushiol oil off of our skin before it's been able to give us rashes. Time will tell…keep your fingers crossed for us!

Dinner was delicious barbecued New York Steaks and more yummy garlic-and-herb-spiced asparagus and Portobello mushrooms sautéed in butter, but I added green onions this time…NOM! Desert was brownies we made before we left on our trip…so tasty! :) We relaxed for the rest of the evening--Steve in the hammock outside with Molly, me working on my pictures inside with Pumpkin…such a nice evening! Finally we watched a show and got Pumpkin settled in for the night before diving into bed ourselves. :) Goodnight all! :)


I'm so happy that I'm able to upload pictures…I was really worried about it because the signal is nearly non-existent here. Thank goodness Steve's phone signal is working! We are going to look into a signal booster for the future. It's really important to us that we can hook up to the net. For now, I'm just hoping that I'll be able to upload a couple of pictures each day!

As I sit finishing up this post, I'm outside at the picnic table, listening to the birds and feeling a warm breeze dance through my hair. Steve is chilling in the hammock which he set up in a pair of nearby trees, Molly is relaxing in her outside pen and Pumpkin is chortling to her music inside while she enjoys the view outside through the blinds. What bliss. (Heh, a Red-Breasted Robin just ran across the site, under the hammock and over to some trees…lol)

This morning Steve and I hopped on our bikes and did a repeat of the ride we took around the park on our first evening, which included a lovely 3-mile woodland bike trail. You can't beat a meandering trail complete with dappled light and a couple of narrow bridges to cross! We even surprised a fox along the way, such a beauty. The forests here are a mixture of deciduous (Maples and "leaf-shedding trees") and evergreens like pines and cedars.

Because of our nearly non-existent internet connection, I'll only be posting one extra picture along with my main picture. Today's picture was one I took yesterday when we walked out to see a view of the lake. The tiny beach had this magnificent stump on one side which made a nice focal point. I am also including a really lovely picnic spot with a lovely Maple tree overlooking the meadow. I have lots of other pretty views of the camp ground but they'll have to wait! :)

Pam, have you done any camping here in the US? We are coming to realize that this RV camping business suits us quite well, heh. It's one thing to read about its popularity and why people enjoy it so. It's another thing to live it. Yep. We love it. I hope that you have a good day…you'll be in my thoughts my dear! :) *BIG HUGS*

Explored on 5/9/19; highest placement #5.

Murray Leshner (Murrayatuptown), TigerHead, Holger Hagen, homaris and 46 other people have particularly liked this photo

30 comments - The latest ones
 John Cass
John Cass club
Wonderful image, great composition and nicely framed.
14 months ago.
14 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Magnificent shot and PIP!

Admired in:
14 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
This is a fabulous picture Janet. I do hope you and Steve managed to wash off the poison oak off your skins. This new position looks really nice, although the Upper Klamath Creek looked fantastic.

You are really getting into the swing of RV riding and it's fantastic for us. We are getting so lucky hearing you're having a wonderful time and then explaining it to us.
14 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe photo avec note. Nicole.
14 months ago.
sasithorn_s club
A picture perfect landscape capture, Janet! Great PiP, too!
14 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club

14 months ago.
uwschu club
Hübsch eingerahmt
14 months ago.
neira-Dan club
14 months ago.
Kawasirius club
Un petit coin de paradis avec ces superbes photos ! Bonne journée et balades Janet !
14 months ago.
 Madeleine Defawes
Madeleine Defawes club
Superbe endroit zen bien capté ! Amitiés
14 months ago.
tiabunna club
A beautiful scene, enjoy your travels.
14 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Very well composed landscape image Janet.
14 months ago.
Annemarie club
wonderful pic, and as usual a very nice story!
14 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Beautifully composed and taken Janet.............I especially like the detail and textures in the old tree stump! A magnificent picnic spot in the PiP...........so peaceful looking!

Another fascinating narrative..............what a disastrous ride that turned out to be. I hope you escaped the effects of the Poison Oak.........we don't have them here (that heavens), but I googled some pics of the rash - which look really awful :-(

Keep calm and carry on camping!
14 months ago.
cammino club
Stunning view!!!
14 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
What a great view ! Like the light very much !
14 months ago.
FotoArt club
14 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
wonderful picture and landscape!
14 months ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
Wonderful old tree stump in the foreground
14 months ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
Heel mooi opgenomen byzondere compositie !
14 months ago.
Reyk club
Amazing scenery
14 months ago.
ROL/Photo club
Magnifiques ces teintes en harmonies
de bleu...sur ce beau paysage
14 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
Superb scene! The trunk looks as though it is looking out,across the water. I wonder how long it has sat there staring across!
14 months ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
What a marvellous landscape! The Lost Creek Lake must be a wonderful place!
14 months ago.
Chris10 club
Wonderful view Janet! Love the point of view...

Greetz, Christien.
14 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
fantastic place, very wel shown
14 months ago.
RHH club
This is really lovely, Janet. Like that old stump as a focal point. The photo would be beautiful but a bit boring without it. What a lovely lake! You make me want to get out again even though I'm not recovered from the last trip.

Yellowstone is always awesome even when jammed with tourists, as it usually is. A bit less busy, though, since some of the roads aren't even open yet. Had some snow there and there was quite a bit on the ground, too. Temps in the 30's and 40's.

High points were a Grizzly sow and cub playing in the snow. We watched them for almost an hour. That ranks right up there with the two Rattlesnakes we saw mating in Joshua Tree last year. Worth 7000 miles just to see that.

Also saw two Sandhill Cranes dancing and the first wolf I've ever seen close up. Saw lots of Bison and Elk, a Pine Marten (no photo), Coyotes stalking two Cranes (unsuccessfully), and quite a few birds and ducks.

Drove as far as Sioux Falls Monday - mostly just adding up the miles. Drove from the there to Cody the second day (would have stopped in the Badlands but it was raining). Spent all of Wednesday and Thursday morning in Yellowstone and then drove home.

Actually forgot that we stopped at a nature center near Dowagiac, Michigan, on our way out of the state. Had our oldest daughter along and dropped her off at Ohare. Hate Chicago with a passion, but it worked best for her.

Had a nice time in Michigan. We visited five nature centers and natural areas and saw lots of wildflowers, birds we don't see here in the west, and lots of other things like TURTLES. I love turtles ever since having one as kid.

Just finished mowing, going through mail, refilling bird feeders, etc. Always too much to do when one gets home from a trip. Now have to run some errands, etc., and then have Neal home this evening.
14 months ago.
Esther club
Ouch! Poison oak is no fun.
14 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
The main shot is so beautiful Janet....of course I like the PiP too :))
The rash sounds very nasty! It sounds a wonderful trip though!!
14 months ago.

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