Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Drive Over the Dam - Lakeshore Drive

It is so nice to have the road across the dam open once again. The work to the old Stoney Gate is complete, and all is well once again.

 We have already driven Lakeshore Drive over the dam several times. By the way, not sure my campaign to get Lakeshore Drive marked as such instead of the Lake Side Drive that was invented by someone other than the CCC men who built it and many years later, is gaining any traction. Just kidding, no campaign but it is Lakeshore, not Lake Side.  
The view along Lakeshore Drive - never gets old
Look close the North Bluff Castle is on top the hill

Still a great time to view wildlife in and around the park. 
Osprey sitting on a post as we came into the park

Eagles near Black Canyon Point

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Lake Has Water - Again

It's back - no not some creature in a B movie. The lake is back, and it sure looks nice.
The view from Brimmer Point
From Sandy Beach

We took our Easter drive this evening along Skyline Drive and enjoyed seeing the signs indicating that summer is coming.
Leave it to nature to make a perfect bouquet of daisies and grow them from solid rock on Brimmer Trail
These guys are back and circling just waiting for me to drop on a hike

Not sure when the road over the dam will be open again but it doesn't look like it will be long.
Looks like the gate work is done, or close to it.
 Took this photo as we hiked Red Cliff Trail Friday

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Davis Bay and Davis Bay Switchback Trail

A few days ago we hiked the Davis Bay and Davis Bay Switchback Trails. Once again built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. These trails are compliments of CCC - Camp 10, that once thrived at the base of Mae West Hill.
We hiked this one a week ago in 40 or so degree weather - not bad

We parked near the Brimmer Pont foot bridge walked the trail to Davis Bay then circled back west went up the switchback trail and walked back down the road to our ride.
Half way point at Davis Bay

This trail gets some use but not nearly enough.
Good looking trail
Passing through massive rock

Fantastic views throughout, plus we burned a few calories.
Heading up into the switchbacks

For a couple of senior citizens like us, it takes more than an hour, about an hour and a half for us.  But, we do sit from time to time for rest and to take in the views.
My wife taking the same pretend rest I did - we did take some real ones
Nice View
Spring Crocus along the trail

In other news, the park is going to have a new look as people come in with a welcome/visitor center.
Just moved in and set - This will be a nice addition