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Yesterday was Luna’s sixth birthday! It just doesn’t seem possible that she’s officially middle aged. What does that make me? We celebrated with a hike to Cuthroat Lake – a gem of a lake in the North Cascades. It’s an easily accessible trailhead off of highway 20 and it’s only a two mile saunter to get to the lake. I’ve only been there once before, years ago and in the middle of summer. The mosquitoes chased me away in no time and I never returned til yesterday. Fall is definitely the time to visit Cuthroat Lake. The trail was not overly busy yesterday, surprising for a three day weekend with fine fall weather.

 

Beautiful colors

 

On the trail

 

Most of the small creeks are dry.

 

After no rain for weeks on end, the trail is very dusty

 

They needed a break

 

Pretty

 

Frozen bubbles

 

This grass was still frosty at midday

 

Fall larches color the forest

 

Ken had to wet a fly

 

Luna thinks maybe this is a little boring

 

That’s a tiny trout

 

Luna’s not sure if this is the highlight of her day

 

More pretty

 

Birthday girl with her birthday buff

 

Fall lighting is the best

 

Love the way it lights up the larches

 

A breeze ripples the clear water

 

More fall colors

 

Ice crystals force up through the moist soil along the shady side of the lake

 

The water is so clear – there is no sneaking up on the trout

 

Blue and yellow – my favorite color combination

 

Larches are my favorite trees

 

Exploring

 

And still more pretty

 

Treasures

 

Mom and baby sister

 

Lots of local Methow folks made the trip to Cuthroat Lake yesterday.

 

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