with the school year coming up rapidly, the kids sitting around inside, and me desperately needing to get off the grid we hatched a last minute plan to get the hell out of dodge. highland lakes was our destination, though we had never been to the campground there. i had seen the area from folgers peak a few years back, and was confident it would hold what we needed. snow, flowers, and fish. fortunately, we brought steaks in case the latter didn’t work out.
we arrived in the late afternoon and immediately knew that the snow was not going to be an issue. in fact, since the snow started just off the trailhead, i was bummed that i had only brought skis for myself. i figured i could set up my tent and head up, leaving the tripod behind for jasmyn to get pictures of the descent. here is my view from the top. you can see my blue tent at the far side of the lake in the triangle formed by three roads.
a close up of the moon from the camp site. the snow was fairly smooth, despite the look. it wasn’t a particularly warm day and it was still a tad firm.
got back to camp in time to start the fire and catch some sunset pics. somehow on the way up and didn’t notice that the last bit connected to the lake, and bailed early. that would give me something to do on tuesday anyway.
looking the other way at highland peak
i was hoping to get some milky way shots, but clouds rolled in. at least the new powder mag has hit the stands
it was then that the aliens attacked. fortunately, i was able to fend them off with my light spoon
it was apparent the aliens stole all the fish before i was able to drive them away
unfortunately they left all the bugs behind
jasmyn found some pretty flowers to shoot. she is interested in learning about bokeh
after we went on a very short hike i decided i should get my turns in before we headed to lower highland lake
a little tentative the first time around. the left turn at the bottom went through the worst of the sun cups
the turns were good, but when i got to the bottom and saw a grassy beach, a great place to fish, flower fields, all at the bottom of a fun run, i found my happy place, so we set up camp.
the girls bummin’ around
i went for a walk (this is all right next to the lower snow field). folgers peak in the background
flight of the bumble bee
there a number of streams running through a small area. some were rocky, some were muddy
then it was time for fun
who said fun? this is serious business
there were cameras everywhere
things were going along swimmingly
then i was practically swimming
back up one more time
lots of speed this time
i really like this shot (skylyn took it)
exceeding the 5 mph speed limit on upper highland lake
i’m the best damn skier in this lake!!!
ok, we got skunked as far as fishing goes, so here’s a file photo from 2009
fast forward to saturday, 8/27/2011
my buddy chris recently had a knee operation so i figured this would be a good trip for him since he could sit and fish while getting out of the house. kickin’ it on the opposite shore
upon arrival, i was sad to see the two lower lines no longer connected
but happy to be on snow anyway
the video from the run above
and now it’s sunday. after some back to school shopping, it’s time for some fun, and maybe something for the girls to remember
it was good to get them out on snow
and props for them just charging without knowing
what pond skimming was about (skylyn)
and for charging after watching her sister fall
after three tries, jasmyn opted for crossing at any point to hop into some warm clothes
skylyn got it wired while i tried some photography stuff (motion blur).
her first time making it all the way across
the eyes don’t see that many freckles on jasmyn. strange how the camera does that
obviously, it was time for a kicker. that’s the logical progression, right?
woo-woo! kicker to pond to land to lake.
i see water in her future.
i can’t think of a better way to end a summer than walking barefoot through flower fields with skis on your back at sunset. srsly
but first – a shout out
to my lovely subie. three times to highland lakes in one week is a lot to ask. thanks.
to ma nature, for making it all possible
and to my skis, through thick and thin (snowpacks), you’ve always been there for me
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