Since I had my camera slung around my neck for practically the whole trip, I got a little trigger happy. There were so many things to document...I simply couldn't help myself!! (Imagine Isaiah groaning right about here.) So, I'll let mostly my lens tell the rest of the details..
|We started out at the Burnt Lake Trailhead.|
|It was a little over 3 miles of hiking in, with a elevation gain of approx. 1500 feet.|
|We had a few stops along the way...to rest the legs.|
|And enjoyed a gorgeous view of Mt. Hood at a particular bend on the trail. |
Mason B. affectionately calls it The Crystal Lights..
|There were many streams to cross...|
|..and snow to trail on once we reached the lake.|
|But it was all worth it when we got to this breath-taking view.|
|The dads and the bigger kids had been here before...so they knew this view well.|
|It was so warm...yet there was snow all around us!|
|This log became our dining table.|
|And this became our home for the next 40 hours or so.|
|The first thing Isaiah wanted to do when we got to camp was to set the crawdad trap in the lake and leave it there overnight.|
You can imagine what was the first thing he wanted to do when we got up.
|These 5 crawdaddies let their sense of smell (of beef jerky) get the best of them...and became a snack for some of us.|
|We spent most of the first morning on these rocks overlooking the lake.|
|While some of us sat and watched...|
|...and pretended to see something amazing near Zigzag Mtn for this shot...|
|...the others fished. |
They manage to 'catch' 3 fish but all 3 escaped.
My friend Becky, the amazing photographer, got great shots of the rainbow trout
her daughter Kaiah 'caught' before it slipped off the hook and fell back into the water.
|Our frog whisperer managed to catch a frog with his bare hands.|
|It was a pretty one!!|
|Either the frog was stunned or Isaiah worked his magic on him...|
but he didn't swim away like mad when his catcher released him back into the lake.
|Are you kidding me? Another picture?? ;)|
|We played sardines and this is Kaiah finding me and the crew that had found me already.|
|We all took naps, except for Isaiah and Andrew.|
|When we got up from our naps, we found Isaiah in the frigid water trying to catch crawdads.|
|He was successful 3 times...|
|...but released this one because she had to lay all these little black eggs still. So cool!!|
|The popcorn storytelling started off with a bang.|
|..and had great momentum in the middle...but as all popcorn stories go, it got too silly after a while.|
|Caught a glimpse of the sunset before bed.|
|Got up, ate, and packed up for the trek back down.|
|Kaiah and Brielle got named The Rainbow Trout Catchers, and Brielle, half the team, came in second...|
|...to tie with The Steamrollers, Baby! Team.|
|The "Mama" Team came in way later with Cambria, Kaiah, and Mr. Benintendi. |
They didn't even know they were in a race...
and they probably wouldn't have been able to do much about it anyway. ;)