Monday, October 5, 2020

Searching for Skinnydip Lake

 I hadn't been in ten years, but I remembered. The unnamed lake lay a short distance from the beaten path, but it might as well have been miles distant. The rangers had named it Skinnydip, and it was perfect; surrounded by alabaster rocks, the small lake was a tiny teardrop of perfect blue.

I was determined to find it again. I had avoided the Lakes Basin all summer due to the horrifyingly sheer amount of humanity that had descended upon it. The use is definitely not as much as, say, the areas near Seattle, or in national parks, but it is still so much higher than it has ever been. Not really wanting to camp near a bunch of other people, I went elsewhere.

I headed cross country toward the lake I thought was Skinnydip. Before me the route showed what everyone else was missing: slabs of warm white granite, expansive views, and no people. Before long I came to the lake. But something was wrong--this was not the lake I remembered. It was a scenic spot, and would make a good campsite, but I still wanted to find the other one.

Besides, this lake wasn't good for swimming. It probably had been, earlier in the summer, but now it was silty, with a thin skim of algae. It was October, freakishly warm, and I was determined to swim in a lake. Checking the map, I noticed another lake about a mile away. That had to be Skinnydip!

Following the map, I headed toward the lake through mild terrain, contouring around a rocky cliff. My heart sank. The lake lay well below me, protected by steep rock walls. What to do? I had two options. Backtrack a fair piece and hike up the drainage, or attempt to skid down the cliff. If you know me, you know which route I picked.

Having survived the downclimb, I arrived at a fairytale place. Alas, however, the lake, without an inlet, was in the same state as the last one. There would be no skinnydipping here. Still, I thought about staying. I wandered down to the water. A mountain lion track was pressed into the damp sand. 

Still, that was not a huge barrier. I walked up the granite slabs, looking for a potential campsite. Then I stopped in my tracks. Two backpacks lay abandoned on the rocks. Where were the people? I surveyed my surroundings. Nobody was lingering by the lake or hunting up a campsite. 

That was the last straw. Too creepy! I headed downhill toward the beaten path.

The beaten path wasn't too bad though.

I remembered how much I loved the Lakes Basin. It gets so much use because it is wilderness lite: it is only 8 miles to the first lake, the grade is pretty easy, and it is impossible to get lost. But there's a reason why everyone goes there: it is stunning. I resolved to go back more often. 

I finally got to swim, too (though skinnydipping in the main basin is out of the question). I went below someone's camp, because there was a sandy beach and besides, their camp wasn't legal anyway (too close to the water). Apparently the campers were unaware of my presence, despite the loud splash. I was sitting on the bank, (clothed), with my "swimsuit" drying on a branch. A voice intoned overhead: "Someone left a BRA here!" Giggling, I grabbed my stuff and headed back to camp. Mission accomplished.








6 comments:

  1. Such a great trip to the Lakes Basin . Thanks for taking us along. You live in a wondrous part of the world, and have explored so much of it. Your memory bank must be overflowing...with good images!

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    1. Yes, it has been good for living through a pandemic.

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  2. Fantastic that your weather is still letting you out and about. The Lakes Basin is definitely stunning! I had a good laugh over the bra incident.

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    1. It is supposed to snow tomorrow! Noooooo! It was a good run though.

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