home again

Just back from a camping/kayaking trip up in the Cascade Mountains. Have yet to sort through the photos that were taken. For now, here’s a quick preview…


Aptly named Clear Lake… the “lake born of fire,” is the headwaters of the McKenzie River and was formed 3,000 years ago when lava from Sand Mountain reached the river and backed up water to form the lake.

The original forest lining the river banks was submerged. Remnants of some of these submerged trees still stand under 120 feet of water and are visible from the trail and by boat. (as described by the Forest Service website)

The water is so clear you can actually see the trees below as you kayak above them… to me, it was a rather unsettling feeling. Until I quit thinking about it. 😉
This would have been a great HDR candidate, but thats a bit beyond my capability. 😦

To be continued…..

To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float. 
Alan W. Watts


30 thoughts on “home again

  1. We just spent time in the Cascades and fell in the love! Have been without internet for the past week so am rushing to catch up. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip.


    • It was a fantastic trip. We drove through Sisters, but other than stopping at a yummy fruit stand, we high-tailed it out of the mobs of people and traffic. We camped at two lakes: Clear Lake and Hosmer. Both utterly perfect for kayaking.

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  2. What a beautiful scene but I think I would also feel a little unsettled for a while looking down and seeing trees in the water! Looking forward to more photos of your trip. Sounds like it would have been very relaxing. 🙂


    • It was rather funny about the trees. My partner was fascinated by seeing those trees hundreds of feet down (standing upright, no less). He kept trying to get me to look down at them, but it was so unsettling that I almost gave up on the kayaking. Luckily he got the point and I managed to forget or ignore those spooky trees and enjoy the tranquility of floating around on that lake. Since I was working so hard at ignoring those frozen trees, I didn’t take any pictures, but here’s a blog that explains and has a shot of one: http://www.letsgoexploring.com/blog/2012/10/kayaking-over-clear-lakes-submerged-forest/ 😉

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  3. That makes me miss Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Have you ever been there? Mile after mile, stretching to Canada, where it meets a similar Canadian park, of forest and lakes without roads, where motors are banned. The only way to get around is to canoe across one lake, then portage your canoe to the next one. It’s breathtaking–and to this city kid, sobering.


    • I haven’t spent much time in Minnesota, just driving through for the most part. Motors were banned on this particular lake as well, along with others in this same area. It makes kayaking so much more pleasant. I also started out as a city kid (Boston, in my case), but have been drawn irresistibly into more tranquil corners.


    • Thanks! I’m generally a little uneasy at the start of a kayak trip, but quickly settle into the peace and tranquility of the adventure. Much depends on choosing your spot. I am a bit less adventurous than my partner when it comes to how calm the water is, but when it’s perfect, there’s nothing quite like it! 😉

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    • It was very crisp, though perhaps not as quiet as it might be off-season. 😉 I really shouldn’t complain, but we’ve been fortunate enough to have some of these places pretty much to ourselves. It’s a very different experience.

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    • There are quite a few pretty wonderful lakes up in the Cascade region. It’s a fun place to explore and we’re already looking forward to our next adventure up there.


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