A Little 4th of July Getaway to my “Happy Place”!

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This past weekend I did a little getaway to the cabin.  I left Thursday mid-day and made great time up to the mountains!  Willy and Jon were there, too.  It rained a bit on the way up, and that evening we got a nice shower.  I mostly relaxed and began a puzzle.  It was of a Debbie Mumm piece of art with lots of flowers! I took a quick walk too, and snapped some penstemon along the road.

Purple Penstemon along Jibway and Hokan Circle Dorrington

Purple Penstemon along Jibway and Hokan Circle
Dorrington

Some were very purple, some were more bluish! How can you go wrong?

Some were very purple, some were more bluish!
How can you go wrong? 

We went down to Murphy’s on Friday, walked around a bit, visited some shops, and had a wonderful hamburger at the Murphy’s Historic Hotel Saloon.  Not usually my choice of venue, but it was fun for a change, although quite loud.  I would have preferred to eat in the garden, but the boys had other ideas.

Cell phones don't work at the cabin, so there was a signal down in Murphy's.  Really guys???

Cell phones don’t work at the cabin, so there was a signal down in Murphy’s.         Really guys???

Willy and I took walk that evening. It was cooling down, and was a good workout (the area has its “ups and downs”).  There were spots of wild sweet peas, but no lupine left.

Wild sweet peas.... Hokan Circle, Dorrington

Wild sweet peas….
Hokan Circle, Dorrington

The flowers were hot pink to light pink, purple and white.

The flowers were hot pink to light pink, purple and white.

Dazzling pink!

Dazzling pink!

Sweet white with a pink tinge on the edges!

Sweet white with a pink tinge on the edges!

Such a peaceful spot.  So green.  A little bridge to cross the crick, but there's no water!

Such a peaceful spot. So green. A little bridge to cross the crick, but there’s no water!

Jon had to leave Friday night, so Willy and I headed to the lake early Saturday morning.  There were already quite a few cars there and spots taken in our usual area, but we found a good place to plant ourselves.  The lake was so still and just beautiful.  I took a few photos before the boaters, kayakers, etc. took to the water.

A gorgeous lake early in the morning...before the crowds!

A gorgeous lake early in the morning…before the crowds!

The reflections were amazing.

The reflections were amazing.

The lake was a bit low, but the shores were green with fresh grasses.  See Willy setting up on the right?

The lake was a bit low, but the shores were green with fresh grasses. See Willy setting up on the right?

Before long, the shores were packed and the lake was filled with children and adults enjoying the cool water and fresh mountain air.  It really did not get too hot that day.  It was cloudy with the sun trying to peek through most of the day. Of course, I took a walk around to see what I could see…. wildflowers!!  Here’s a few more to share with you…

Mallow on the shores of Lake Alpine.

Mallow on the shores of Lake Alpine.

I took a walk across the road and up the little hill to the creek and waterfall.  You never know what you’ll find there.  I could hear the water, so I knew there had to be some water!  I was kindly met with several flowers still in bloom and a small waterfall.  I could have spent the day here, but there’s not really a comfortable place to sit for a long period.  I just climbed around, took some pictures, enjoyed the sound of the running water, and made a few rock sculptures.  They are so meditative to create, and so peaceful to reflect on when you’re done.

Columbine along the creek feeding into the lake.

Crimson Columbine along the creek feeding into the lake.

Sticky Cinquefoil

Sticky Cinquefoil

A good amount of water still coming down the mountain into the first pool (that I can see anyway.  I've never hiked up farther than this).

A good amount of water still coming down the mountain into the first pool (that I can see anyway. I’ve never hiked up farther than this).

The second pool of water...

The second pool of water…

Usually fairly dry this time of year, surprisingly there is a good amount of water heading down to the lake.

Usually fairly dry this time of year, surprisingly there is a good amount of water heading down to the lake.

Cooling my toes in the cold water as it comes from above.

Cooling my toes in the cold water as it comes from above.

I created a couple of rock sculptures while I was there...

I created a couple of rock sculptures while I was there…

Sculpture number two!

Sculpture number two!

The hill beside the creek was covered with a soft blanked of Alpine Lupine.

The hill beside the creek was covered with a velvety soft blanket of Alpine Lupine.

Meanwhile, back at the lake....

Meanwhile, back at the lake….

Willy relaxes after a swim around the islands.

Willy relaxes after a swim around the islands.

A visitor to our little side of the lake!

A visitor to our little side of the lake!

They took their time, but my Geese finally came to see me!

They took their time, but my Geese finally came to see me!

Are you the mama or the daddy?  Not sure how to tell.

Are you the mama or the daddy? Not sure how to tell.

There were several youngsters, but mostly they had lost their downy feathers.  They loved the moist grass!

There were several youngsters, but mostly they had lost their downy feathers. They loved the moist grass!

Dark clouds were on the horizon, so perhaps another thunderstorm was on its way.  We left early afternoon to miss it, and to relax back at the cabin.

Sunday morning, it was up early to pack up and head out early to beat the traffic.  We got home around noon so I had plenty of time to take a nap, get some food, and work in the garden.  It was quite warm, but it felt good to get some weeding and clean up done.

Again, why don’t I make the time to go up there more often?  Things always get in the way… or I let them get in the way.  Not sure.  In Murphy’s, I found this little wood carving that said, “The cabin in my happy place”.

I hope you all have a “happy place” you can go to when you need it.  My happy place at home is my garden.  I love the beach, too, but for a quiet, peaceful retreat, the cabin is perfect.  Thanks again to Willy and Jon!!

Have a sunny day!

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