Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Lost Lake and Found Treasures

A couple weeks ago I joined my friends on a 2-night camping trip to Lost Lake near Mt. Hood.  The weather ran the gambit from sunny and warm, to thick fog, to rather heavy rain.  I guess that's Oregon for you.  

The day we arrived was beautiful.  We set up camp and Brian and I walked down to the lake to catch one of the most amazing sunsets I've ever seen (likely due to the many forest fires raging in Oregon and Washington).  

The next morning we woke up to heavy fog which lingered over the lake and opaquely obscured the tops of the trees.  We hiked around the lake and at one nondescript spot, Brian was drawn to the bank of a creek.  Somehow, and we still don't quite understand how, Brian spotted a small tupperware covered with camouflaged duct tape.  He opened it and inside was a little notebook, a pen, a plastic mustache that made a snooty laugh when you pushed the button, and a stamp with blue ink.  The notebook said that it was a replacement for the original one that had been filled up with notes from people who had happened upon the same box - since 2004.  

So naturally we all signed the book, stamped ourselves (including the little babe with us - who, by the way, was a super trooper and such a joy to camp with), took some time to marvel at the randomness of the occurrence, documented with photos and went on with our day.

I've been so fortunate to be able to camp with friends this summer...and we're only half-way through it!  To Amanda, Brian, Nate, and Baby Rye - it was a blast!  Let's do it again soon.

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