kayaking the nile 10/21 – 10/23 2016

A trip to the Nile…Nile Lake that is. We decided to go camping since our weekend schedule opened up. I have been wanting to go spend a little time at Nile Lake for a while and it would be our chance to go. Nile Lake is along the Tiger Highway and just a few miles west of Tiger Washington. There is not an official campground there, just dispersed camping. It was deer hunting season but there is posted “no shooting” in this area. Still, we wondered if we would get a spot since a bunch of hunters would be out. Upon our arrival we found one person tent camping at the lake. So we had no problem getting a spot for the weekend. In the end there ended up having one other spot being camped in as well. Not an issue since all three of us were at least 300 feet away from each other. We did arrive in the dark, it gets dark earlier and earlier this time of year. We set up camp and relaxed for a bit before going inside to read our books and then go to sleep. Oh, it was so very quite. The next morning we had a very busy schedule to do…nothing. There was a geocache about 300 feet away from our camp spot that we hiked all the way to. We got the kayak out for a paddle around the lake. I napped. So as you can read, it was a hectic day.

the road down to the camping area

the road down to the camping area

our spot for the weekend

our spot for the weekend

another view of our spot

another view of our spot

a view of the lake through the trees

a view of the lake through the trees

It was so nice paddling around on the lake. So peaceful and pretty. Cody and I took the kayak out on one trip. He does great keeping in time with the paddling, like a professional. We paddled by the beaver lodges and enjoyed the time out on the water.

a view from the kayak

a view from the kayak

This lake is fed by Lost Creek. A small creek that goes in and back out of the lake. It is a bit of a wet walk to walk the edge of the creek since most of it is marsh like. With all the rain we have had lately it was plenty wet too. So any short walk was very near the camp spot.

lost creek

lost creek

Not long before darkness would come the skies cleared up to blue skies. The colors of the Western Larch were so beautiful. I really enjoy looking at the sea of yellow in the forest.

western larch in bold yellows

western larch in bold yellows

The clear skies would mean one thing over the evening…cold temperatures overnight. We slept perfectly fine in the camper but going outside in the morning showed us that it got pretty cold. The first ice on the camper since last winter. There will be many more as we camp year round. Everything was pretty frosty but pretty.

frosty morning

frosty morning

We would have our breakfast then pack things up. We needed to get back home and get a couple things done before Sunday night. We had a great time at this lake. A lake that once was had a homestead by it until the Forest Service took over the land.

information on the area

information on the area

For now it was time to go home. We look forward to our next outing, where ever that may be.

 

kayaking the nile 10/21 – 10/23 2016

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