Bass Lake, August 13th 2006
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Not another trip to Bass Lake! Perhaps this should be a
Em and I made another trip to Bass Lake on Sunday and for the first
time in the last 3 or 4 years it was overcast the entire time that we
were there. No matter, the water was still nice and once dried
off we were not cold when lounging at the flat area above the
lake. We certainly would have welcomed the sunshine but this trip
showed us that a questionable forecast is not a good reason to not go to
the lake. Just for the record, the weather forecast for that day
was sunny and 80 degrees.
Also note that the rope swing is back up, albeit on another branch
which means you swing down on the opposite side of the tree. The
swing is much less sketchy than the previous one in that you can't go as
high but you also don't swing nearly so close to the tree on the way
down. Next time we go, if it is still up, I'll get some pictures.
|Each summer we seem to get a new inflatable toy. This
one takes about 10 minutes to blow up and about the same amount
of time to deflate. But look at the pure joy on Em's face,
how could we not bring it.
|My blow up toy is considerably smaller however it brings
out the oval shape of my head so nicely that it is also a
must. When sitting on the ring in the lake, the tops of my
shoulders are just exposed above the waterline.
|In my world, function always prevails over fashion.
In this case, had I forgotten a cap the ring would have provided
ample shade while maintaining maximum breathability.
|For the first time in our Bass Lake experience, horses came
to the flat area above the lake. Em and I both agree they
should not be allowed. They poop and pee where people want
to spread their blankets and relax, in addition to kicking up
dust and taking up a lot of room. The riders,
all young girls, started their trip from the Five Brooks
trailhead which is about 6 miles one way to Bass Lake.
Earlier this year I convinced Em that we should hike to the lake
by the same route. In addition to being twice as long as
the costal route it was steep (up then down) and didn't have the
dramatic vistas we have come to expect along the coast.
Being a standup kind of guy, I volunteered to make the 6-mile
trek back to the car while Em took the easy 3-mile downhill walk
to the Palomarin trailhead. Our timing worked out pretty
well, Em only had to wait about 10 minutes for me.
|I was so excited about my dinner that I took a photo of it;
aioli toast with tomatoes and fresh basil. This
combination is soooooooo goooooooood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
However, don't make this meal until the tomatoes are just right,
which occurs at the middle or end of the tomato season, not at
|While Em was making dinner I interrupted her about a
million times to take photos of both ourselves and the
food. Twenty years from now she'll thank me.
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