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Naked Lake

Sometimes you gotta get out of the summer valley where the grass is stiff and yellow and go up where the dirt roads turn red. If you can endure the awful rattling of your 2-wheel drive (have faith!) you'll find green meadows with young pine forests where the earth is soft and crunchy and manzanita and sage sprawl close to the ground.

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The air in the high sierra is dry and earthy and you can find solitary lakes with hidden camp sites right up on the shore. Your crack monkey dog can run free and you can swim and sun yourself on your own private naked lake.

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You can collect hoards of firewood and stay up late watching the campfire flames bow violently to the cold air blowing off the lake and you can shiver and pull your camp chair closer to the fire. (You can think about how hot it is back home and ask your lover if you can wear his blue Buffalo Bills sweatshirt that you used to despise until you found yourself cold in the mountains at the end of July and he'll give it to you even though he forgot his toothbrush and you could have reminded him when you were packing but you didn't because you were irked at him at the moment and not telling him was your revenge).

You can chop up potatoes, onions and carrots, wrap it in foil with a hunk of hamburger and cook it on the coals. In thirty minutes you'll have yourself a silver platter.

You can carve little wooden boats and fill them with pine sap scraped off trees with your pocket knife and you can carefully place them in the fire in homage to your ancestors, watching the sap melt and sizzle, then burst into flames.

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( 21 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 31st, 2006 03:15 am (UTC)
Lovely, absolutely.
Jul. 31st, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)
ooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhh you went without us!!!

oh man you are so busted. i am SO jealous...
Jul. 31st, 2006 03:48 am (UTC)
It was really last minute. Plus I needed to take the bf out for a test run and make sure his "personality" can endure the hardships of camping.
Jul. 31st, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
Sheesh. I was camping before you was born, girly.
Jul. 31st, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
it's cool man. glad you had a good time- just looking at the pictures made me feel good.
Jul. 31st, 2006 03:28 am (UTC)
Camping is a betrayal of our ancestors. They worked damn hard to ensure that I would never have to wander the wilderness and live in tents. I won't disappoint them by sleeping out of doors.
Jul. 31st, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)
Funny. The bf laughed out loud at this comment.
Jul. 31st, 2006 03:40 am (UTC)
Well, this is simply a beautifully-written post. I think I prefer the pictures your words convey more than the actual photographs. Nicely done.
Jul. 31st, 2006 04:46 am (UTC)
Coming from you, that's quite a compliment. Thanks.
Jul. 31st, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
ooo oooo sooo beautiful, we have been looking for those great "private" "rugged" camp spots where its not pre-fab. found a great one up on creek up hwy 70. i think i recongize that first meadow pic but i dont know where the is a nice small pvt lake. i think there is silver lake up there.
Jul. 31st, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC)
There is a Silver Lake up there and that meadow is in the general vicinity of it.
Jul. 31st, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
those pics almost make me want to go camping.
Jul. 31st, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
I may just be dense today... but is that a blue heeler in the 3rd picture?
Jul. 31st, 2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
Yes it is. More pictures of him can be found here.
Jul. 31st, 2006 11:41 pm (UTC)
awesome post dude
Aug. 2nd, 2006 12:38 pm (UTC)
Silver Platers
I wish I could have gone with you. It looks beautiful and I love the camp fire with silver platers cooking for dinner. You are soooo lucky to live close to such wonderful camping sites!
Aug. 2nd, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Silver Platers
I wish you could have come with us too. You need to come out sometime with Ray Ray and we'll go camping!
Aug. 2nd, 2006 12:58 pm (UTC)
Very nice, Babe!
Wow! I am impressed! The pictures are great and the writing is exceptional, too! Sounds like you had a very nice time. I think bf and the dog both passed the camping test with flying colors. I know you didn't miss the dead fish on the beach or having to go to bed at 5:00 p.m.! Take us there in October! Love ya, Mom
Aug. 2nd, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Very nice, Babe!
It might be pretty cold there in October, but we can try it.

In an odd reversal of roles, all these pictures were taken by the bf.
Aug. 3rd, 2006 12:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Very nice, Babe!
It might be to cold to camp but we could still maybe visit that area.
Aug. 3rd, 2006 09:21 am (UTC)
Looks enchanting. I love the high, empty spaces where the mind can expand to meet the clear blue sky.
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