We camped at beautiful Priest Lake for the Labor Day weekend. We didn’t actually end up staying at the campsite much this time. Lyle had planned out a full itinerary of Geocaches in the area, so we did a lot of exploring. It’s such a gorgeous area, so that was a perfect plan– and the weather cooperated nicely.
Here’s the gang getting ready to set out on our first expedition…
…to this nearby scenic viewpoint. It was a moderate hike from the campground. Looks like we were all trying to capture the view through our various lenses. Maybe I should have got the photos from their phones, too. (Rebecca didn’t have a camera, so she was on the lookout for cougars. Though there was a warning sign posted about them, we didn’t see any. Thank goodness.)
The next geocache we attempted was a drive-up one. Sounds easy, right? Wrong. As we turned off the main road I asked how far it was “as the crow flies.” The answer: “Just over 3 miles.” I predicted it would take us 3 hours to find it, because even though we had two GPSs (three, if you count the phone) plus a detailed back-road atlas, we weren’t real sure just what road to follow to find the coordinates. Naturally we made several wrong turns and had to do a lot of back-tracking. I was off on my prediction by one hour– it only took us two hours to find it. It was on the top of a mountain with breath-taking views in all directions.
After we drove back down off that mountain we pursued another one that involved another quarter-mile hike to a different view of the lake. Apparently fall comes early to Priest Lake. We noticed changing foliage throughout the area.
On Monday morning we did a couple more quick and easy caches near the campground. This one was right on the lake shore. The water is so clear and pristine.
The girls caught a little frog and had to pose him on Laura’s cap before they let him go.
Besides hiking, driving, and enjoying the weather and scenery, we also had a wonderful time as a family just hanging out together and conversing around the campfire in the evenings.