Thursday, July 16, 2009

Enjoying summertime

Last year I commented that summer just might be my favorite time of the year. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a fan of the excessive heat, in fact, anything above 80 is practically sweltering to me, but summer is when we really get to enjoy our friends and family and all the outdoor activities available to us near our hideaway.

Last Friday, we headed out in our Rhino with the neighbors.

That little atv has proven to be worth every penny because we can to enjoy so much more of the forest and the views it offers. It really gives us so much more respect for our surroundings.Since we were at such a high elevation, over 8500 feet, the spring flowers were still in bloom and so amazing.

We rode to "The Top of the World". Not sure if that's an official name, but it sure felt like it. That's our neighbor who was a forest service fire fighter.

Jimmy's enjoying the views.

I'm enjoying the ride through a meadow.

When we got down to Herring Creek at 7300 feet elevation, our ride was almost over, so we hopped off our 'bikes' and enjoyed the sound of the the creek and the shade of the trees.

We were expecting other friends to arrive that evening for the weekend. When we got back to the hideaway, there was no time to make dinner, so we ordered pizza from Pie in the Sky and ate on the deck then made smores for dessert.

Drew, Jimmy and Sly have been friends since before high school. A couple of years ago, Jimmy and I spent a weekend with Drew at his family's hideaway near Clearlake. Drew and Sly had just spent the week there on vacation and happily, they agreed on coming to visit us at our hideaway for a couple of days. Friends that last a lifetime: Jimmy, Sly and Drew.

The next morning, we took the boat out on Beardsley Reservoir.

The lake was very full, nearly up to it's high mark, which made us very happy! Good snowfall this past winter.Our 'secret' waterfall from Cow Creek was flowing nicely. It's in a little cove and kind of hidden.

This was the 1st time anyone has fished with us. The lakes and rivers near our hideaway are supposedly great for fishing, but we've never had the chance to test it. Unfortunately, the fish weren't biting for Drew that afternoon.

They boys went out for a while on their own to check out the dam. I enjoyed my time on the shore relaxing, reading my magazine, enjoying the views and soaking in the warm sun. But within 15 minutes of my solitude, the weather changed and I could see a thunderstorm heading in. The boys came back, we quickly packed up, and as we rode in the boat back to the launch ramp, we got pelted by the rain and wind. It only lasted about 10 minutes, so by the time we hitched the boat back onto the car, the sun was out again. We actually enjoy the summer thunder storms, but if lightning had accompanied the storm, we didn't want to be on the water. Luckily it didn't.

Before heading back to the hideaway for grilled burgers, asparagus, corn and more smores, we went up to Clark Fork River to enjoy the view of the waterfall. After dinner, we chatted and laughed on the deck with our little campfire till bedtime.

Good times. Good friends. Good summer.


Shammickite said...

What marvellous scenery! I would have loved to spend time doing exactly what you did. Except putting the worm on the hook for the fishing bit.
I just spent a fab few days away too.... isn't it great to have a change of scenery now and again??

Ginnie said...

That is the Life, Mad! I can see why you like your Rhino and the high country. You seem to have heaven at your doorstep. Add your friends and time stands still!

Anonymous said...

How fun!! I am so glad you had a great time. I've missed you and I've missed going on long with you on your trips via your photos.

Ragged Around the Edges said...

Oh, Mad, your hideaway must be a magical place. Beautiful views, incredible scenery. . .