We backpacked up from Echo Lake to Tamarack Lake on Wednesday. We like to go on weekdays because the lakes are usually a lot less crowded. The weather was windy but warm in the sun. I couldn't resist taking a swim. It was great. This cute Asian looking tree was right next to our swim spot.
We set up our camp away from the water as is the protocol. It is amazing what you can put in two packs. We had our fold-able lightweight dog kennel, tent, hammock, light stove and cookpot, and J's radio equipment. It was great. On Thursday while J was climbing the peak next to the lake, I did yoga, this little sketch, and then listened to a meditation talk on my iTouch while laying in the hammock. Pretty nice!
In the afternoon while J and our dog Kipper were napping after their hike, I went down to the lake and painted the little island that looked inviting to swim out to. While we did go for a dip, we didn't swim to the island.
The Pacific Crest Trail is along the ridge in the background. On our way down to Echo Lake on Friday, we passed a lot of hikers and backpackers coming up for the weekend. Glad we had had a quiet visit during the week.