In 2008 we went car camping exactly 0 times. We dayhiked twice. By August 2009, we had been car camping exactly 0 times. We dayhiked twice. These are depressing numbers for people who live within an hour’s drive of some of the best mountains ever. This is exactly why I had to go camping this weekend.
Lucky for us, the wet weather we had all week cleared up in time to head to the mountains Friday after work. We camped in fine style at the walk-in sites at Lower Lakes – hot dogs over the fire, our giant lawn chairs and s’mores on Friday night. Pie iron pizzas and strawberry-rhubarb pies on Saturday. Minimal bugs, hardly any other campers around. Even the dog was a good little camper and slept mostly on his bed in our tiny tent when he wasn’t stalking red squirrels. One minor thunderstorm on Saturday night threatened to derail the peaceful camping, but Patches and I sat it out in the car and all was well again in time for round two of pies.
Before you start thinking that camping is all eating and burning things you should know that very little hanging out in camp actually happened during the day. Our camping spot was strategically selected to allow us quick access to a couple of hikes without the long drive to usually deters us from such activities on the weekend. So, of course we had to hike!
Saturday we did the more difficult of our chosen hikes and dragged ourselves and the mutt up Mnt. Indefatigable. It’s a steep hike, but the views are pretty good almost from the get-go. Even with the confusing directions in the hiking guide, we found the right trail to the summit ridge and made it to the top. This is a good thing, because the views from the south summit are amazing! Worth the aching legs, although Patches probably thinks differently. Back at the lake afterwards we did let him have a nice long swim because we know that dogs and people have slightly different opinions when it comes to what the rewards of hiking are.
Sunday morning we also hiked, but just an easy walk up to Rawson Lake before the crowds got too busy. We’ve been to the lake before, but in November almost four years ago. It’s nice, because it’s easy, but the views were only so-so this time round. Patches had a swim in lake which made him smell extra funny, so he got another swim at the end of the lake to clean off (I think he planned it that way).
Pretty good camping weekend – why aren’t we out here more?!?