Today was exploring day. There are seven campgrounds in the Crescent Lake area. Three are group campgrounds and one is a horse campground. We've been staying in the campground called Crescent Lake. It's the most developed of the group and most convenient to the highway. As a result, it gets the highest amount of use. Today we drove to Spring and Contorta Flat to see what they were like. Spring was much like Crescent Lake but did have some sites right on the lake without having the high bank like Crescent Lake, making lake access much easier. The paved road ends at Spring. If you keep going for perhaps 3 or 4 miles on a not-too-bad gravel road, you get to the entry road to the Contorta Flat campground. (The trees in the campground are primarily Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta), hence the campground name.) As soon as you turn on the actual road that takes you to the campground, the two lane gravel turns into a very narrow dirt road. The road is wide enough so you won't get the sides of the camper scratched up. The likelihood of someone coming the other way on this road is quite small. Between the gravel road and the lack of potable water, this campground gets very little use. Tonight it's just us. We're camped directly on the lake with an unobstructed view of Diamond Peak; things just don't get much better then this. We're right here: 43.46178 -122.00742. If you're willing to take the gravel roads, this is the reward.
The roving campground host stopped by earlier and seemed surprised to see us. I think his job is sort of like the Maytag repairman.
Old age and poor memory. The older I get, the worse my short term memory gets. Going forward, when I identify, with certainty, a plant or animal, I'm going to write it down. That seems to help me remember.
Saw a Gray Jay, several pairs of Mountain Bluebirds, and watched a Bald Eagle fishing.
The second sunny day in a row. We have a streak going!! It's still just us in the campground much to Gophers delight I'm sure. She gets to roam around as she pleases. We went walking earlier and came across a seep that forms a small stream that leads to the lake.
Tomorrow we continue on by following the Cascades Lakes Highway.