Saturday morning came early, and breakfast was a simple affair. How ever did we camp with all the kids!!!? A quick meal, a quick wash up, and we're ready for our hike around Paulina Lake.
|Paulina Lake appears to be clearer than East Lake.|
|Little brown frog|
At one point we walk through Little Crater Campground. This is a nice campground. The sites are right along the shore. Once past the campground the trail takes up again. This is an especially nice section of the trail with rocky outcroppings into the water.
|Paulina Peak and Paulina Lake|
We hike past another obsidian flow. This one separates Paulina and East Lake.
I wonder why I'm getting out of breath (and the guys have fallen behind, hehe). We're gaining some elevation. Suddenly were are much higher than the lake. It's not long until we drop back down closer to shore.
We arrive at Paulina Lake Lodge. The total hike is about seven miles. We scope out the restaurant and make reservations for dinner before heading back to camp and lunch.
|Horses at the lodge.|
My coworker and fellow rider, Randy informed me that we must go up to Paulina Peak. That was the plan for afternoon. It's a four mile drive or a two mile hike. 6,000 ft to almost 8,000 ft. Yeah, we'll drive, thank you.
|Paulina Lake from Paulina Peak|
Stunning views in all directions, and a wonderful, rugged landscape.
|Big Obsidian Flow|
It's hard to get a picture that does justice to the drop off along this side of the peak.
I think the one of the mountains in the background is broken top, but I'm not sure.
We did a whole lot of just staring...
Back down to the campground there is one more trail we need to explore. Little Crater trail is a short hike up to a vewpoint of Paulina Lake. About half way up the guys decide to return to the car. It's almost time for dinner, so they'll drive the car to the end of the trail, while Jeanette and I continue to the viewpoint. It seemed like we got to the view point quickly. Too quick. Now we wonder if we didn't hike far enough. But it looks like a view point, and it's time to turn around...dinner is waiting.
Dinner is at Paulina Lake Lodge.
|Smoked Pork Loin|
There, see. I can remember to take food pics! The food was very good! Hiking, like bicycling seems to create montrous appetites.
|The view from our table.|
After dinner we returned to Paulina Peak in hopes of great sunsets. The drive up to the peak is on a washboard, gravel road. Of course the washboard is in the corners, right where it can add the most thrill factor, along with the drop off at the edge of the road.
We have a short wait until sunset. No one stays outside of the car for long. There is a bone-chilling wind. We pass the time wagering on how long the latest arrival will defy the cold wind before retreating to the car. Some take less than a minute. I'm here for the sunset, but it doesn't look like it will amount to much. No dramatic clouds tonight.
|Waiting for sunset|
I'm jazzed about one arrival on the peak.
I'm not sure, but this looks to be an older bike, maybe? I would have loved to follow him up that gravel road...or back down. He came prepared with camera and tripod strapped to the bike.
My brother in law, who is known for sunsets, set my camera up with his settings. Sadly the sunset was anticlimactic after last nights show.
It was time to head back and get some sleep. We wanted to be up early to get packed up and head back to Bend for breakfast at Black Bear Diner.
Only one photo on Sunday; frozen water. I checked the thermometer and it was about 35 degrees F.