We're here but not here. It's an unusual year for us for the Annual Shaklee Family Reunion Camp-out and Frog Hunt. Instead of bringing our travel trailer we're staying in a hotel in Oakridge, Oregon and driving up each day to hang out with the family. Dayle has had a hard year with back pain, then surgery, and recently he's been having cardiac issues. SO.. he is seeing a cardiologist to try to get things smoothed out for him. So, the scrubbing of the whole trailer and packing everything and setting up the whole camp this year wasn't in the cards.
The air quality is bad due to all the fires still burning in California, Oregon, Washington, Montana and Canada. See the rock heart on the shore? It's been there for several years now, I love it. The water is low this year too due to our drought.
This is the boat launch area. One of the only places where you can drive to see the water, all the rest you have to hike in a ways to see the lake.
Dayle took my camera and got some photos for me.
Everything looks so different with the smoky haze.
Several of my brother's kids and grandkids are arriving each day. My older sister is here too, but my younger sister could not join us this year.
I waited for him.. :-)
The next day while I visited with the family around their campsite, Dayle took the camera to "the point" for a few more photos. This is the island in the Shadow Bay campground swim area.
We love to boat out to this island, it has a little rock fort on it, if you look close you can see it.
The swimming bay.
We've spent many a year kayaking and sailing and swimming here. This year I will just swim, no boating.. we did not bring one. :-(
Such a pretty place, even with the haze.. but I sure do prefer it crystal clear.
We will be heading back up there in a bit. One more family will be arriving today. There will 11 of my brother's grandchildren there and 3 of his kids and 3 of their spouses. 22 of us altogether.
Waldo Lake is the 2nd largest natural lake in Oregon with a visibility depth of 120 feet and the water has been said to be more pure than distilled water. :-)
I love the time of day when the sun glints off the water.
Sometimes when we've come earlier there has been Bear Grass in bloom, also Shooting Stars and Huckleberries ready to pick.
Buddy stayed home this year but I have fond memories of seeing him scamper amongst the rocks in this spot.
Well.. time to head up the mountain to the lake. We head home on Sunday. I hope you're enjoying the last days of summer. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)