We passed Silver Lake, ringed with not quite fully colored Aspens and many people fishing.
The aspens on our drive were not at peak this week. Beautiful, yes, but not the vibrant yellows and oranges of our last visit which was a week later. Timing is everything.
|Grant Lake - 2012|
When we approached our picnic destination on the shores of Grant Lake (the last in the chain of lakes) we were shocked! It was gone.....the only water was a shallow stream flowing through what was once a huge, clear lake.
This is how it looked in 2012 from a similar vantage point....
Then, the dogs frolicked in the water as we enjoyed our lunch.
|2012 shoreline picnic|
We all know that California and several other states are experiencing a severe drought, but seeing this beautiful body of water literally disappear really drove the point home to us. It was very sad indeed.
But.....fun. The four of us had fun in the dry lake bed today. We drove out to the middle of what had been the lake and set up camp for our waterside picnic.
Obviously we had the entire place to ourselves. Sasha set off exploring for a few minutes but then settled down on her bed in the shade of the jeep and watched Lewis play in the water.
|Sasha stayed in the shade while the rest of us walked the stream|
|coots pecked like chickens on the dry lake bed|
|Lewis helps Dave clean off his dirty tennis ball|
We had a fine time, definitely not we'd expected, but a fine afternoon nonetheless.
After getting home and having happy hour in the sun, Pam and John joined us for a simple dinner of Rincon Argentina's yummy empanada (frozen after the post wedding party) and salad. Pretty nice day!
Thanks for the sunset shot Pam!