Sunday, August 15, 2010

On Hot Fun in the Summertime: Bonita muscled us into our "parking spot"

With temperatures in the 90's this past weekend, we headed for the water for a little hot fun in the summertime.. We weren't the only ones. At one point we ran into what looked like the Lake Cushman equivalent of spring break in Ft. Lauderdale.
We've never canoed Lake Cushman. It's a reservoir, which don't usually have an interesting shoreline by our standards. But I remembered that the upper end of Lake Cushman might offer something suitable.
Boy, it was crowded getting there. There were hundreds of young people parked along the gravel road in the hot, hot sunshine. We kept going, hoping for something a bit less congested. We found a spot to park, right at the edge of the Olympic National Park entrance to the Staircase.
We dragged the canoe down a hillside and put into the water. The highlight for us was having lunch on an island -- an island in the river that flowed into the lake. The Island didn't exist in 2006 when this Google map satellite image was last obtained, I notice.
Bonita muscled us into our "parking spot."
I noticed that from our paddle you could see Mt Rose, which we had tried to climb earlier this year before running out of daylight. You can see the slideshow of that hike here. -gw

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