After the fun hike and the adventurous drive, we finally made it to Sylvan Lake. We toted our coolers to the nearest picnic tables, through the natural spring-fed ground that was kind of mushy-muddy. Ish. It was grass, like any other park picnic area I've seen, but it was deceiving. The ground was sodden and sucked at our feet as we walked through it. Several of us had mud splattered legs and clothes by the time we got to the picnic tables.
No problem, though, since we're finally going swimming!
|Playing in the sand|
Until we once again got into some spongy ground. Thinking it to be only about the same as the ground in the picnic area, since there was a path there, after all, we continued on. Only to learn too late that we really, really ought to have turned around and found another way. There was a paved walkway further in, but we hadn't seen it until things got gooey. But this time, besides just the gooey, spongy ground, we also found the water was sedentary. Whereas on the hillside where the picnic area was, the springs flowed downhill toward the lake, here on the path too the lake, the ground was level enough it simply sat.
So that by the time we had gotten through the quagmire, we were all quite coated with stinky, smelly mud. Most had on flip-flops, so it wasn't too much trouble.
But I had my tennis shoes. Ish! As soon as I got to the lake, I dipped them in and swished them around to get the stink out. Which would have been fine had we sunny weather in the days to come. But those poor shoes ended up in a bag in the car for several days. And ended up in a gas station dumpster somewhere in Arizona or New Mexico.
But I get ahead of myself.
|John trying to open the cave|
|Stella trying to open the cave|
"Can we stick our hand in the rock?"
|Sohpie getting bitten by a brown recluse--JK|
|Climbing the rocks|
|Trying to keep warm|
When we tired of shivering, we headed back to the campground to get an early bedtime. In the morning it'd be time to break camp and hit the road again.
|Hang on, girls!|
|Rachel and Louisa|