Camping at Goose Lake

October 9, 2016


This summer I invited myself along on a friend’s camping trip to Goose Lake in the Mt Adams Wilderness, with her two grandsons.


This was my first camping experience (that I remember ~ my mom tells me we camped when I was a toddler) and I couldn’t wait to see sunset and sunrise over the lake without having to get up or get home at an ungodly hour.


The boys brought fishing poles to catch our food, a BB gun to fend off wild animals in the wilderness, and a machete…I presume to clear a nice space for our comfort.  All but the fishing poles were abandoned as soon as they saw the lake!

steider-studios-fishing-goose-lake-8-26-16-11While waiting for sunset we watched a ‘mist’ of dust rise and fall as travelers drove the gravel road next to the lake.


When sunset arrived in front of our campsite, it was pretty nice!


Sunrise the following morning was quite beautiful as light overtook shadow.


I was hoping to see a ton of wildlife, and made sure I was the first one on the lake after a brutally cold and nervous night’s sleep.  Between my husband’s 30-year-old worn out sleeping bag and a twig or branch crackling seemingly every few minutes I think I got 3 hours sleep max.


Surrounded with golden light and a sweet little Sandpiper to entertain me in early morning solitude.


As the sun rose higher I could hear campers stirring and looked for more photo opportunities before anglers or boats disturbed the lake.


I found a family of Mergansers beginning their day.


They chased each other back and forth…..


…and did a bit of their own fishing while humans launched boats into the lake.


A little Junco serenaded me from a branch behind  my spot on the beach…

steider-studios-fishing-goose-lake-8-26-16-23…as did an American Dipper on the next rock over from where I sat.


Did I already say the morning light was Golden?  Breathtakingly so!


As I headed toward sounds of the boys talking, a pair of Bald Eagles flew overhead.

steider-studios-goose-lake-logs-8-26-16I had to climb over a series of logs to get to where my friends were fishing for breakfast.


As I began my climb, I stumbled upon a pair of Crossbills!  Good reason to stop!!


Finally, I made it across the logs only to find we had no fish for our breakfast.  Luckily we brought a camp stove and eggs!!


Goose Lake is so beautiful and a perfect place for little boys to fish and dream about all the wilderness has to offer ~ hopefully they’ll take their children one day.


It’s also a pretty nice place for a photographer to catch some lovely reflections!  I even heard a PIKA speak!!!  I must tell you, I didn’t like the part about no showers and the lake too cold to take a dip ~ but I loved being there at dusk, dawn, and every moment between.


4 Responses to “Camping at Goose Lake”

  1. cjflick Says:

    Where did you bird today (if you made it with Bird Nerds)?


  2. I didn’t go, wanted to spend time with my Algerian friend who’s heading home today! Looking forward to hearing of their adventure!!!


  3. Katie in NY Says:

    LOVE Camping! Wish I was there to see the beautiful area myself but your photos are the next best thing! Thank you.


  4. Thanks Katie! I did enjoy it & went back for more ~ went ‘glamping’ with another friend and will share that adventure in a future post!


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