Sunday, July 15, 2012

Reflections of Mauthe

Day 18 (7/11-12/12)
It’s that time of year again, time for our annual overnighter at Mauthe Lake. The weather is perfect, warm during the day and cool at night, maybe too cool. We packed up everything and headed for the lake. When we got there we set up camp, got wood, had a sandwich, and hit the bike trails. It was a little warm for biking and the horseflies were pesky but we had the trails to ourselves so all was good. When we got to our favorite building spots we stopped to build cairns. Had it been a little cooler I probably would built a large scale build out of some sawed up logs along the trail but it was just too hot for that type of effort. Again we had to laugh because apparently other people have been building cairns along the trail. I guess we will never know whether we are responsible for the continued building but it is pretty cool. We messed around for a couple hours and then headed back to camp, made supper pies and headed out kayaking. The next day we got up late after having kind of a rough night, it turns out our sleeping bags which are rated for 40 degrees probably should say 70. At any rate it was nice to sleep in and take pleasure in being out in the fresh air. After making breakfast and enjoying some of the world’s best coffee we started to tear down camp and then went kayaking again. As always, the last thing we do is go for one final bike trip. We were all packed up and had the kayaks back on the Yak Hauler so we set out once again down the trails. Again we had a great time checking things out and doing some more building. After our first bike trip we had stopped by the concession stand for a shaved ice and boy did it hit the spot, so we decided to do it again and then we headed for home excited about checking out our pictures and videos.
Eileen at Camp

Build #1

Build #2

Through the trees

Camp Life

Water Build

Watching the Hawk

Down on the Boardwalk

Eileen's Stump Build


  1. You have some creative shots there. Like the side mirror. Nice! The last time we camped in our woods by Hixton it was a magical night filled with coyotes and fireflys. Then we went to bed. The bug sounds were deafening. And in the morning the sleeping bag was soaked with dew. No thanks. Now we stay at the Comfort Inn!

  2. There is a part of us that still think we like to camp. We hadn't done it for years then when we got the kayaks we decided to get back into it. We only go a couple times a year and thatis usually just overnight. Eileen is responsible for the mirror shot. I really like that one.