Vacation Day: Buck Lake

A real day off. No emails, no texts, no cell phone service to interrupt our day away. We’ve decided once a month to get a Zipcar and go somewhere new each time, exploring areas just outside the city. Tuesday I took him to a place in the Mt Hood National Forest I’d only been once before, six years ago with a girlfriend, so it was almost new (got lost on the way and everything!) 🙂  On a 95 degree day, escaping the city into the woods and slipping into a quiet alpine lake with very few people around? Perfection.

Ladies and gentlemen, Buck Lake.

(PS – no photoshopping done, this is actually how the lake looks!)

Heading up the trail. And I mean UP. It's not an easy place to find and there is no GPS or even very good road signs, and it's a bitch of a short climb from the trailhead - but man is it lovely when you arrive at the top!

Heading up the trail. And I mean UP. It’s not an easy place to find and there is no GPS or even very good road signs, and it’s a bitch of a short climb from the trailhead – but man is it lovely when you arrive at the top!


Greetings!

Greetings!


Ahh, happiness. Did I mention the lake is NOT ice cold??

Ahh, happiness. Did I mention the lake is NOT ice cold??


Chillin' out on a blanket watching the sun fall upon the trees...it's so quiet here, just listening to the wind is a gorgeous thing...

Chillin’ out on a blanket watching the sun fall upon the trees…it’s so quiet here, just listening to the wind rustling the leaves is a gorgeous thing…


Really shallow fairly far out so you can wade or swim quite a ways on foot in the water, not to mention it's so clear that you can see the turtles and fish and even a lizard or two!

Really shallow initially so you can wade or swim quite far out, not to mention it’s so clear that you can see the turtles and fish and even a lizard or two! Next time we’re bringing an air mattress 🙂


A little panorama shot for y'all...not bad for a Tuesday in July!

A little panorama shot for y’all…not bad for a Tuesday in July!


Emerging from the water!!!

Emerging from the water and feelin’ so serene…there are photos of us swimming but we’re gonna keep those to ourselves in the interest of modesty!! 🙂


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