Sunday after church I decided I hadn't had enough. I hadn't unpacked the car yet, so I just got back in and drove back to the cabin, this time not behind an ancient car. I got there in time to take a hike up to Twin Lakes. It was so pretty in the evening. I took the picture at the beginning of this post on the way up and I love it. I swung by the overlook and sat down and enjoyed it for awhile while I let some other people on the trail pass me.
I loved sitting there looking at these peaks knowing I'd been on the tops of each of them.
I came back at twilight and just barely made it back to the cabin before I had to take out my headlamp.
I built myself a big fire, got out my books, and for the first time made it through the night alone. Like I said, usually I chicken out and go home just after it gets dark when I'm there alone.
Don't you think it's gorgeous......??!?!?!!
This is all there was of Lake Mary, a mud puddle. Even the edge along the damn was dry. I've seen it really low before, but never empty. yuck.
Normally if you do swim up here (illegally) you can swim out from the top of the big granite boulder on the left or cliff jump off out of the trees on the shore opposite me. It's kind of nice to see that the cliff jumping area is plenty deep enough in normal conditions and even has water below it now.
But when Mary is gone, Lake Phoebe comes back. There used to be two lakes but when the damn was built it became one and is just called Lake Mary now. All the water can't be emptied from both of them through the damn so the original Lake Phoebe always remains when Mary gets emptied. This is what is used to look like...almost the same, except for all the trees. I'm always impressed to see the old stumps still rooted so firmly even though they're under water and ice most the year. These stumps were right in the middle of what was obviously the original division between the lakes. I wonder if they're in the old picture.
I walked out to one of the islands you normally have to swim to and took a nap in the sun.
I took off my shoes and soaked my feet in the water and made pictures out of the clouds.I thought this one looked like a mermaid but with kind of a long pointy head. Maybe like a broom handle head...like homestarrunner's girlfriend. (What's her name?) I think because I thought the other one looked like a mermaid, it made me think this one looked like a merman...only without a hand...
I climbed up a lot of the big boulders along the shore that are usually covered. I was halfway up this one, to a spot I knew I wouldn't be able to get back down if I needed to and looking at a possible nasty fall when the idea of me being there alone finally got to me and I came back down and found something just a little bit safer to climb on by myself.
A family showed up with 6 kids who, I'm guessing, wanted to find out if anywhere around the lake would give off a good echo and went around yelling freakish noises as loud as they could from every direction. Sounds like a fun thing to do for a kid, but I took off.