Two lakes and a heat wave

My 10-day road trip in early June got off to a rough start when we landed right in the middle of a pre-summer heat wave.  Within a 24-hour period, Blanca and I had traveled from a perfect 65 degrees F (18.3 C) at our sea level home inland up to 7000 feet and had seen the thermometer rise by 40 degrees to an incredible 104 F (40 C) in Grants Pass!  It did hit both of us pretty hard, and there was really only one way I could offer Blanca some fun:  Take her to play in the water!

Despite living in Florida for 5 years, I had never seen this reading on my car's thermometer before!

Despite living in Florida for 5 years, I had never seen this reading on my car’s thermometer before!

Blanca seeks relief in Selma Lake.

Blanca finds relief in Lake Selmac near Grants Pass.

Kids were doing the same.

Kids were doing the same.

Those paddle boats were looking really appealing! They belong to Lake Selmac Resort.

Those paddle boats were looking very inviting that afternoon! They belong to Lake Selmac Resort.

The boat rental dock of Lake Selmac Resort.

The boat rental dock of Lake Selmac Resort.

After a restless night in Medford, we stopped at a wonderful park on Lost Creek Lake and had it all to ourselves on this Monday morning. Blanca is mistaking the bouys marking the swimming area for big orange balls!

Following a restless night in Medford, our first morning stop was at a wonderful park on Lost Creek Lake. We had it all to ourselves since it was Monday morning. Blanca is mistaking the buoys marking the swimming area for big orange doggy toys!

"I've got you surrounded!"

“Go ahead, run! I’ll catch you!”

This lake was created artificially through the building of a dam on the Rogue River in 1977.

This lake was created artificially through the building of a dam on the Rogue River in 1977, primarily for flood control.

Of course, only the biggest stick around will do!

Of course, only the biggest stick around will do!

The park is Joseph H. Stewart State Park on Crater Lake Highway (62).

The park is Joseph H. Stewart State Park on Crater Lake Highway (62).

Oh, the joy of cool water! What a beautiful bounty is cool fresh mountain water!

Oh, the joy of cool water! What a beautiful bounty is cool fresh mountain water!

We fully indulged in this glorious morning!

We fully indulged in this glorious morning!

I could see hundreds of tadpoles swimming in the shallow water.

I could see hundreds of tadpoles swimming around her feet in the shallow water.

One more visit at the enticing orange ball

She wanted one more go at the enticing orange ball.

Dripping wet, cool and happy! What's next? A walk on the trail? Okay!

Dripping wet, cool and happy! What’s next? A walk on the trail? Okay!

Lost Creek Lake Marina

Lost Creek Lake Marina

It must've been very busy over the hot weekend, but this morning morning all was peaceful and sleepy.

It must’ve been very busy over the hot weekend, but this Monday morning all was peaceful and sleepy.

A playhouse on the water.

A playhouse on the water.

This felt really good! But it's already getting hot again. Back into the air-conditioned car and next stop: Crater Lake.

This felt really good! But it’s already getting hot again. Back into the air-conditioned car and next stop: Crater Lake.

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. carol thompson June 24, 2016 at 12:20 pm #

    Some really great pictures.I especially love the one with Blanca & her very large stick.Also the one of her trying to get the big orange ball to play with her. That little house boat was really cute.

    • Claudia Kuenkel June 24, 2016 at 7:42 pm #

      Thanks, Carol! Yeah, Blanca seems to think the bigger the toy, the more fun she can have!

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