When is a road not a road?

Starting the day with another paddle to the islets

This time we stayed closer to shore. Perfect weather, perfect paddle.

I decided to try my hand at cairn building.

And enjoyed the cairns of others.

Afternoon scramble toward Irish and Taylor Lakes

We explored the roads around Waldo and found an opening in the forest with a signpost saying it was a road. We looked at it for awhile before following the arrows.

Doesn’t it look like you can drive to Irish and Taylor Lakes?

What a change of pace. From placid, peaceful, cool, lake to dusty, dry, rugged not-quite-a-road through an old burn.

We’re not offroaders…but this was, ostensibly, a road and we thought there was another lake about 8 miles down it. Tally ho!

At least an hour in we’d covered maybe three miles and realized that we had very little water, no tools, and no cell phone coverage.

We gingerly turned around, hiked a bit, and made our slow, bumpy, way back to the gravel. Bill and LuluBelle are an awesome team.

Smoother roads up the pass

We found another, much smoother, dirt road. Wide and empty with occasional potholes and rocks. Eventually it hooked into the highway and we made a big circle back to camp.

High mountain Milky Way

Morning paddle to the Islets

Woke up to a beautiful morning, clear, bright, quiet. We decided to try to kayak across the lake after breakfast.

It was pretty calm, but Waldo is Oregon’s second largest lake by surface area. It’s big. What looked like smallish ripples from the shore felt pretty big out in the middle.

A bit more than half-way we decided that we should head our Walden Paddlers toward shore and the lovely little islets we could see.

Beautiful little islets with beautiful cairns on. Some must have taken several people’s collaborative concentration. The cairns made the islets even more peaceful. I think it’s the knowledge of how quiet, calm, and thoughtful you need to be to construct a cairn.

It was a lovely paddle.

Afternoon walk to Diamond Creek Falls

We drove down Highway 58 to the Diamond Creek Falls trail. The short loop had some nice views. We decided to visit again for a longer walk.

Late night photography

Sunset over Waldo Lake looking toward Taylor Burn

Bill has been wanting to experiment with night-sky photography and Waldo Lake gave him that chance. Sometime in the middle of the night he got this marvelous shot of the Milky Way.

Milky way with Jupiter to the left