Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Return To Turtle Lake

Here I am again after a couple more weeks. I'd first like to thank you for all the comments in my last post. They're always good to read. After giving it some thought, I decided that I'm going to try to write at least a little bit in every post. I think the more I write, the easier it will become. Then when I'm able to post more often I'll begin to get back into things like comments.

I had to really push myself this time because the doctor actually increased the medicine that stops me from writing. We both agreed that the answer for me is just to try extra hard to get back to blogging. I'm sharing some older pictures here from last November because I had some good adventures that I wasn't able to write about yet.

The place you see in these pictures is called Turtle Lake. I shared this place with you once before. But this time is a very different adventure. You see, when I came here before, this was a very difficult hike. I actually had to hike down the side of a mountain sized hill and back up to get here.

That hike exhausted both my dog and me. So you can understand that we weren't in any huge hurry to get back here that way. The one thing that intrigued me was that there were a couple of other people here at the lake on that first trip, so I knew there had to be an easier way to get here.

After a bit of boredom at home, I decided to do a bit of driving around Stone Park to try to find the real entrance to Turtle Lake. I finally found the right road after some twisting and turning. It's a big park. It also wasn't the easiest thing finding the path up to the lake from the parking area. The path starts way in the back of an open area, and it's not apparent that it's even there at first.

But I finally found my way to the lake after all of that. I consider it quite an accomplishment considering most of my hikes in the past were in smaller suburban parks. Who knows?
One of these days I might be able to call myself a legitimate hiker!

Something I haven't shared up til now is that this is a place that Lewis and Clark visited on their journey west. There are many places like that around here. I plan on sharing many of those with you as time goes by. Check my link if you want to learn more about them.

I love Turtle Lake because it reminds me so much of my old stomping grounds, Carpenter Lake, back in Michigan. The only problem here is that this park is closed to car traffic during the winter, so I can only visit Turtle Lake during warmer weather. Otherwisae it's quite a hike that I'm not quite up to yet.

Hopefully my next post will come a bit sooner than this one did. Then I can begin doing this more and more often again. This was progress though. I think I'll be getting back to normal in no time. See you next time!


  1. Ratty, first, I'm glad you are back to blogging again. I so much enjoy your adventures. The lake looks and feels so peaceful through your photos. That last one with the sun reflection is gorgeous. Interesting fact on Lewis and Clark as well. I really enjoyed this. Please take care and I look forward to more.

  2. I am glad you're back too - and I love this lake! It looks so serene. I look forward to seeing more of it later this year.

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  4. I am so glad you are back too. I always enjoyed your blog so so much.

    As for your writing you did a fantastic job. I love the lake. It's so very peaceful. One of my all time reads was a Lewis and Clark biography. They did some amazing things!

    Take care and I hope you have a great weekend!

  5. This sounds like a familiar you.

    Enjoy your days, your hikes and your weekend.

  6. Hey Ratty,

    It's good to see you posting words and images here again. Here's hoping that you are able to do it more frequently. I do appreciate seeing your world through your eyes.

  7. glad to hear more from you Ratty, and love the pictures in this post and the description and your experience with it, hope you get better and better.

  8. Hi Ratty, just been catching up with everyone after a break from the computer....nice to see you posting again. As I looked at your photos how I longed for some sunshine on a lake to wake me up!!

  9. You are really a great blogger. The Turtle Lack is so nice. Thank you for sharing a nice post.

  10. You are so luck person that you can spend your time such a beautiful place.

  11. You are a legitimate hiker Ratty! And it so nice that you are writing again. Turtle lake looks so peaceful, relatively untouched by human hands, and to think it was visited by Lewis and Clark.

    Looking forward to more. Keep writing. Just do it!

  12. Love the blog, that is such a beautiful lake!
    Keep going on adventures!