Saturdays in July are prime time in Trout Lake, Washington. We did not even have time for the Saturday Market.
Morning into afternoon, we hiked the Salt Creek Trail with neighbor Dale and his two dogs. It’s an easy trail, which, allegedly, has a great pay off where two rivers converge with an in-your-face mountain view. Unfortunately, the “Trail End” signed fooled us into thinking we went the wrong way, so we turned around before the pay off. So, instead, we enjoyed a 4+ hour hike through the woods, with views of one river, and a big pond / wetland engineered by beavers. Evidence of their work in progress is below.
Then, we popped into the Trout Lake Festival of the Arts to see this-year’s offerings of art and music. I caught about four songs from The Humphrey | Hartman | Cameron Trio. A cellist plus two other women who played guitar, and or banjo and sang with beautiful folky charm. Their songs were funny, too. One was a ballad on payday loans, another about the “cleavage” of the rear kind, inspired by sitting on the bleachers of a baseball game sitting behind people with shirts too high and pants too low.
Kent and Karis then stopped by the J & A rest area to reconfigure their gear and get some food.
Later, we joined neighbor Susan and her friend Claudia on her back deck, which feels, like a picnic spot in the forest. There, we enjoyed conversation, dogs and the rest of our homemade (by someone else) Huckleberry Pie as the as evening turned to starry night, which is best appreciated in our hot tub at home.
Next morning, as I had sipped my coffee and read on the back deck, one of our other deer neighbors could not let me go without stopping by.