weekend at the lake

This past weekend, JP took me on a surprise trip to a beautiful mountain lake. After a two-hour drive on a super rough, winding road, we arrived at our destination lake at midnight Friday night. Under a full moon, we paddled by canoe to find an island to call home for the weekend.

moon over the mountains. oh, and we saw a shooting star about halfway across the lake...
moon over the mountains. oh, and we saw a shooting star about halfway across the lake…

Skimming across the glassy water, I tried to make out the surroundings, but the reflections on the lake made it difficult to distinguish where the water ended and the mountains began.

Saturday morning, I awoke to find myself in one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places imaginable.

Thank you for taking me here
JP planned and packed everything – after the busy week I had, there was no way I could have done anything to help, and he took care of it all. So grateful.
oh wow - look over there
waking up and checking things out
a room with a view
a room with a view
no shortage of drinking water no shortage of drinking water
our transportation for the weekend
our transportation for the weekend
A little after-coffee paddle
A little after-coffee paddle

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JP set up a little shade/rain shelter for us
JP set up a little sun/rain shelter for us
our island paradise
our island paradise
looking back at camp from my favorite sitting spot
looking back at camp
the prettiest raindrops I've ever seen
the prettiest raindrops I’ve ever seen
looking down at our little island from the mainland (where we visited to use the bathroom)
looking down at our little island from the mainland (where we visited to use the bathroom)

After breakfast, we paddled over to the East shore of the lake to set out on a “run” which turned into a hike with no trails or map.

After hiking up the long granite slabs we saw one lake after another.
After hiking up the long granite slabs we saw one lake after another.
another lake
another lake
more lakes
more lakes
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I was still happy in this picture
still happy
still happy

It was fun and challenging, until my greatest fears were combined – fear of heights, and fear of drowning, as our route took us down a creek which contained many series of waterfalls. I fell behind and got lost, finding myself in a creek with steep walls on either side, not sure how to get out. I blew my whistle frantically for about 15 minutes until he came back for me, and after about a 20 minute temper tantrum, I calmed down and was able to enjoy the rest of the hike, and didn’t even freak out when we found ourselves in further precarious situations.

JP and another lake
JP and another lake
the falls along our route
the falls along our route
back to our lake, but not quite at the right spot -
back to our lake, but not quite at the right spot –

After the 5 hour, 6.5 mile “run” turned “hike”, we went swimming, took a nap, and chilled out.

turns out I should have used more sunscreen
turns out I should have used more sunscreen
time to wake up!
time to wake up!

JP made us a delicious dinner of salmon and various salads, which we ate on my favorite rocks next to the only grass on the island.

the best spot
the best spot
chilling
chilling
JP
JP

After dinner, we went for a paddle around the entire lake, checking out the shoreline and meeting some of the other campers.

found this super cool stump in the water with it's own little forest growing on it
found this super cool stump in the water with its own little forest growing on it
me
me
cruising
cruising

JP did the dishes and we settled down to watch the sunset. FullSizeRender_1   FullSizeRender_2 FullSizeRender_3 FullSizeRender-36 That evening, thunder, lightning, and rain kept me up for most of the night, terrified. I was convinced the lightning was going to strike the metal pole in our tent. We survived though, and after another morning paddle around the lake, we packed up our things and headed back to Truckee. It was the perfect vacation spot, and I can’t wait to go back and bring my kids next time. FullSizeRender-39

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