Friday, July 19, 2013

Another SUP

Sparks Lake
Today we went for a SUP on another of the hundreds of Lakes that make up the Cascade Lakes.
This lake is very different than Hosmer. Sparks Lake is much more volcanic. Lots of rocks on the shoreline. Though still a clear lake we didn't see many fish.
Still, it was very pretty and we had a great time.

These two sweet girls were waiting for their person to load his kayak. They let us give them lots of pets!

South Sister in the distance from Sparks Lake

Broken Top behind the trees
About half of the lake is surrounded by lava rock
Jim looking pretty strong in the middle of the lake

a little floating....

Lunch break, PBJ and water.

Broken Top

This woman was training her little dog to ride on her SUP.

This big guy looks totally comfortable.

Jim working on his kneeling stroke

Paddling back to shore

South Sister and Broken Top, Sparks Lake, and our boards.
Stay tuned... lots more lakes to paddle on!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

'SUP dude?

 SUP on Hosmer Lake
SUP is Stand Up Paddleboarding. It's hugely popular here. Dana has wanted to try it since she saw someone do it on Donner Lake... so we went out for the first time for her birthday a few weeks back. 
Rented boards and took a lesson. It was great fun and not that hard to pick up.
Our SUPing so far has all been on the Deschutes River. Today we tried it on one of the many high alpine lakes in the Cascades.

Mama and baby ducks

Jim with the backside of Mt Bachelor in the background

Jim showing his good form, South Sister in the distance

Me and my shadow

Amazingly clear and shallow water makes for great visibility.

Jim practicing his Plank (I think our Pilates classes are paying off!)

South Sister thru the reeds

In the deep weeds.



Mt Bachelor

Stopped for a lunch break, a lovely vista!
There are over 150 lakes along the Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway. More beauty and fun in Bend!
You can read about the area here