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Camping at Goose Lake

October 9, 2016

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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I found a family of Mergansers beginning their day.

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They chased each other back and forth…..

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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I joined Friends of Mt. Adams for a hike on Crofton Ridge via the Shorthorn Trail on Saturday.  Our group met at the Trout Lake School for an early start.

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Led by Darvel Lloyd, who grew up climbing and exploring Mt Adams, it was a very educational hike.

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Our group of twelve headed up the Shorthorn Trail through burned forest from the 2012 Cascade Creek fire.

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Fascinated with the charred forest remains, contrasting with new growth I stopped for many photos.

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Can we call this ‘Fall Color’?

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Although it is late in the season, many wildflowers are still in bloom.  I think this is a Pearly Everlasting.

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Looking back I was surprised to see Mt Hood.  We parked at an elevation about 4740 feet and would end up at 6227 feet after our 3 mile hike to the ridge.

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I believe this in the Lupine family.

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A beautiful bouquet of Asters.

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Crossing Shorthorn Creek.

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On the other side of the creek we found pink Monkeyflower.

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Another fork of Shorthorn Creek.

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Crofton Creek.  Looking up, I found a tiny waterfall!

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Looking down the creek I felt amazed and awed….

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When I looked UP from the creek I wondered if I could climb that hill.  See the tiny hikers at the top of the first switchback?  Hint…the dot of red.

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No, I’m not gasping for air….I’m stopping to take pictures!

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This is where we’re heading.

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A vast landscape that takes my breath away, I could stand here for hours.

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Almost there at Round the Mountain Trail #9.

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The last section of our hike, the crest on Crofton Ridge.

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A spectacular view of Mt Adams from the southwest side.

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Looking west at Mt. St. Helens.

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As we sat and enjoyed our lunch, four Clark’s Nutcrackers joined us!

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Zooming in on a waterfall from where we sat in the shade.

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Zoomed in on the almost uncovered lookout tower at the top of Mt Adams.  12,276′

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Rested, nourished and hydrated we began our three mile descent.

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Use caution when heading downhill on a rocky sandy path.  I landed on my cushy backpack twice, but yay my camera landed on my lap!  Might as well take a picture of the view!!  Don’t worry, I wasn’t hurt but even more cautious as I continued.

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Trudging back down I pretty much kept my eyes on my footing and tried to keep up!  Oh look, another pretty wildflower!!  Fireweed.

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Yes, out of breath again I stopped for another pretty picture.  You know I love rocks!

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I looked up from time to time (especially after we reached a gentler downhill section), still amazed at the charred remains of a once green forest.

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You know me, I can’t resist stopping for a ‘critter’.

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Darvel often stopped to discuss history, flora and fauna of the neighborhood.

Photo by Bob Squires

Photo by Bob Squires

I am so fortunate to have met and hiked with such an interesting and cohesive group of people.  Another wonderful September adventure!!!

 

 

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