“The mountains are calling and I must go.”

~ John Muir

Mountain Lakes

With a full tank of gas and an afternoon to call our own… we hit the road with the intent to see as many mountain lakes in one day as we could.  It was a beautiful spring day, the kind of day that just begs you to be outside taking in the best of what Mother Nature has to offer.  And offer she did as we made our way up the switchbacks of Dead Indian Memorial Road (I know, what a name, uh?) climbing the mountains and taking in the views of the Rogue Valley below.

Overlooking the Rogue Valley

Overlooking the Rogue Valley

It looked as if Mother Nature spread blankets of purple wildflowers throughout the hills and valleys, they were everywhere!

Wildflowers!

Wildflowers!

The Lakes & The Mountains

The sky was blue and the sun was warm, but at the same time there was a nippy wind blowing across the prairies and the water of the lakes we came across.  We love to just wander, throw the sweatshirts, the camera and a snack in the back seat of the car and take off.  You find the best things when you’re not looking for them.  First, we found Howard Prairie Lake.

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Howard Prairie Lake

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The boat dock at Howard Prairie Lake

Next we found Hyatt Lake, just a short drive from Howard Prairie.

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Hyatt Lake

We found our way to back to Dead Indian Memorial Road and we drove through some of the most beautiful country.  Sometimes photos don’t seem to capture the beauty, but I’m always trying.

Beautiful green prairie with Mount McLaughlin in the distance

Beautiful green prairie with Mount McLaughlin in the distance

Lake of the Woods

We drove on and climbed higher into the mountains until we found, Lake of the Woods.  I’m pretty sure it is my new favorite lake and my new favorite place to escape to.  Sometimes, when we have just a few hours to break away from our inn, we “escape” for a couple of hours of respite and quiet.  Lake of the Woods, is just that… a beautifully peaceful respite and man oh man do they serve a great cheeseburger!

I have a love of old-school mountain lodges and this one did not disappoint

I have a love of old-school mountain lodges and this one did not disappoint

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I could have sat there for hours – heaven

Seriously good food!

Seriously good burger and garlic fries

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Lake of the Woods

By the time we finished our burgers and roamed around the lodge area it was getting late in the afternoon and time for us to hit the road back to reality.  We zipped home on a main highway, not as much fun, but as Abi says it’s better to wander there and zip back.  And that’s just what we did.

Mountain Lakes is next in our series featuring Southern Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

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