Thursday, June 13, 2013

Anderson Point on Baker Lake, WA

This week I had to drive down to Bellingham in Washington to visit with our US bank and so took the opportunity afterwards of taking Mojo for a walk somewhere we hadn’t been before.

Since his illness Mojo is not up to really long hikes anymore so I had to choose carefully a route that would give us enough walking and some good views without pushing the little fella too much.

Baker Lake is situated in the Mt Baker Recreation Area, just East of the North Cascades National Park.  Being outside of the park it is also dog-friendly which was a key consideration.

From Bellingham it’s a short drive south along I5 before heading East along State Route 20 and then North along a good quality paved Forest Commission road into the back country.

The photos on this post are not as good quality as normal as they were all taken on my iPhone rather than the actual camera.

From the parking lot the walk commences through mature forest. The trail was easy walking, a little up and down but not too much and no difficult steps. It was a gorgeous sunny day and the sunlight streamed through the trees.

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I had found the route on the Washington Trails Association website and we had to keep an eye out for bears as several previous walkers had posted recently on the WTA website that they had encountered bears on this route.  I’m pleased to say we didn’t on this day !

After about 30 minutes walking we came to Anderson Creek, a lovely clear fast flowing creek which Mojo happily paddled and drank from.

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Another view of Anderson Creek as it empties into Baker Lake

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From here we also gained our first view of Mt Baker.

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Video capturing the roaring sound of Anderson Creek.

We then crossed a log bridge and continued on the trail for a further 10 minutes or so.

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Soon we arrive at Anderson Point, a peninsula on the East bank of Baker Lake.

From here there are great views North up Baker Lake towards Mt Shuksan (2783m/9131ft).

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And the views across the lake to Mt Baker (3286m/10781ft) are pretty impressive too.  I will definitely have to return here on another sunny day with the camera to do these views justice.

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There’s virtually no development after you leave the South end of the lake so it’s very peaceful and quiet. Infact, we didn’t see a single other person the whole 3 hours or so we were walking to, from or at the lake.

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Panorama view looking North and West up Baker Lake.

If you don’t want to rough-it on the pebbled beach areas there are carved out logs for seating and BBQ pits so it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a picnic.

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Mojo takes a small break in the sun.

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Before heading back out for another swim.  The lake was beautifully clear, clean and unspoiled.

As perfect as the location was eventually we had to start heading back to the car.  The 40 minute race around on the trail enough to dry this damp doggy off.

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It was a really lovely place for a walk and one we’ll certainly be back to in the future.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Okanagan and along the Sea-to-Sky Highway

With our recent visitors we ventured to the Okanagan for which is fast becoming our annual tradition of renting a house with Andrea & Stephen and doing some wineries while hopefully enjoying some warmer drier weather than we experience on the coast.  We managed most of that, thankfully we had fleece’s and waterproofs !

The house we rented this time was on Skaha Lake on the south end of Penticton, right in the heart of wine country.

David with Mojo on the house’s jetty.


The living room was double height and had fantastic views up the lake.


The day we arrived (and seemingly each afternoon during our stay) the winds would pick up and create surprisingly big waves on the lake which came crashing against the deck, splashing water over the furniture and anyone who was outside at the time.  Mojo much as he wanted to get in the lake wasn’t impressed with the waves.


The following morning the lake was beautifully calm even though it has just started raining (and pretty much continued throughout our stay !)


Stephen on the jetty and Mojo keeping a close eye on the people paddling in the dragon boat, who are also keeping a close eye on Mojo


Between the ducks and the big fish in the lake there was plenty to keep Mojo occupied watching.


Despite the weather we had lots of fun visiting the wineries and hanging out with Stephen and Andrea.  Between us all we did a good job stocking up the wine rack.


After returning from the Okanagan we took our visitors up to Whistler for the day, stopping enroute for views at Porteau Cove


David, his Dad and Mojo at Porteau Cove


We make the obligatory stop at Brandywine Falls


Unfortunately our timing was such that the chairlifts had closed for the winter season and were about (but not yet) to open for the summer, we were in one of the few short days they are non-operational.  So, we didn’t get to go up the mountains on this occasion, we’ll have to save that for next time. 

Views here on the way back along the Sea-to-Sky Highway


Finally, the mini-Inukshuk David and his Dad built.