Shadow Lake (WA) - April 1, 2016

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Apr-1 Shadow | Apr-7 Desire | Apr-18 Meridian | Apr-20 Morton | Apr-28 Spring | May-2 Wilderness | May-6 Sawyer | May-31 Mercer

Apr-1 Shadow Lake revisit. 70F and sunny. No foolin! Forgot my water bottle today


No new blockage on access channel


Standard Mt. Rainier view


Stopped at community park to chat with locals, and a buck naked toddler in only a life jacket started kicking water into my kayak and got the dogs excited and barking. Something different every trip


Stitched 3 frame panorama looking east. The populated side


Canada geese have presumably returned from migration


Private dock with it's own log jam


Shadow Lake Layout - WDFW access in red. 50 acres, 45 ft. max. depth


Lake Desire (WA) - April 7, 2016

Apr-1 Shadow | Apr-7 Desire | Apr-18 Meridian | Apr-20 Morton | Apr-28 Spring | May-2 Wilderness | May-6 Sawyer | May-31 Mercer

Lake Desire revisit. 11am put-in with Keith and Debbie. The official start to the kayaking season


Getting ready2


Heading down the western side


Verification #12


We were able to follow the southern outlet a lot further this year. Conduit under hiking trail. I had to take my paddle apart and do some side to side paddling


Verification #22


Debbie is debating how much further to go


Looking north from the outlet


Bald eagle #1


Bald eagle #2. Scouting prey along eastern side


North outlet wasn't as long as the south end


Stitched 3 frame panorama looking west


Route407a2


Lake Desire Layout - WDFW access in red. 72 acres, 21 ft. max. depth


Lake Meridian (WA) - April 18, 2016

Apr-1 Shadow | Apr-7 Desire | Apr-18 Meridian | Apr-20 Morton | Apr-28 Spring | May-2 Wilderness | May-6 Sawyer | May-31 Mercer

Apr-18 Lake Meridian revisit with Keith


Waiting for a Turtle2


Turtles basking in the sun


Standard postcard shot


Mt Rainier Background2


Checking Out Mobile Home Park2


Water higher than last year. This was all lily pads before


Looking north. Water tank in the distance


Paddling to the Great Unknown2


Outlet grated


After Finding the Great Unknown2


Back to lake


Float plane winding up to turn and take off to the north


Route4182


Lake Meridian Layout - WDFW access in red. 150 acres, 90 ft. max. depth El. 376' Ski boats allowed 9am to 6pm


Lake Morton (WA) - April 20, 2016

Apr-1 Shadow | Apr-7 Desire | Apr-18 Meridian | Apr-20 Morton | Apr-28 Spring | May-2 Wilderness | May-6 Sawyer | May-31 Mercer

Apr-20 Lake Morton revisit. Fisherman almost broke into a fist fight over access. Isn't fishing supposed to be relaxing?


Frollicking dogs


Looking north, taken just before a 20 minute chat with a local where I got to hear about the neighbor from hell, and about all the property line confusion around Lake Morton in general


Stitched 4 frame panorama looking west


Yes, Mt. Rainier is visible from the north edge. 36 miles away


Mt. Rainier zoomed and cropped


Lake Morton Layout - WDFW access in red. 66 acres, 23 ft. max. depth, El. 526'


Spring Lake (WA) - April 28, 2016

Apr-1 Shadow | Apr-7 Desire | Apr-18 Meridian | Apr-20 Morton | Apr-28 Spring | May-2 Wilderness | May-6 Sawyer | May-31 Mercer

Apr-28 Spring Lake revisit after the hike


Lily close-up


South end outlet is blocked, but I got a lot further than I did last year at lower levels


Turning around


Returning to main lake. Sun never came out as the weather weenies promised


Spring Lake Layout - WDFW access in red. 68 acres, 32 ft. max. depth


Lake Wilderness (WA) - May 2,2016

Apr-1 Shadow | Apr-7 Desire | Apr-18 Meridian | Apr-20 Morton | Apr-28 Spring | May-2 Wilderness | May-6 Sawyer | May-31 Mercer

May-2 revisit to Lake Wilderness


Possible outlet at southern end?


Sneaking up on the geese


Mom and Dad take off with the 4 little goslings


Sitting in the shade on the south end. Quite hot already


Standard postcard shot of Mt. Rainier


In addition to the myriad of fishermen, also a SUP boarder


Lake Wilderness Layout - WDFW access in red. 67 acres, 38 ft. max. depth


Lake Sawyer (WA) - May 6, 2016

Apr-1 Shadow | Apr-7 Desire | Apr-18 Meridian | Apr-20 Morton | Apr-28 Spring | May-2 Wilderness | May-6 Sawyer | May-31 Mercer

May-6 revisit to Lake Sawyer with Keith


Waiting for Bill2


Spectacular view moments after launch


Paddling to the Outlet2


At the Covington Creek outlet


Sitting at the top of the small weir


On the Brink2


Wandering back to main lake


Sneaking up on Bart's house


Mt. Rainier view returning to dock after 2 hours of paddling


Route5062


Lake Sawyer Layout. $5.00 parking fee at park. 279 acres, 58 ft. max. depth Ski boats allowed 2pm-7pm M-F; 11am-3pm Sat-Sun


Mercer Slough (WA) - May 31, 2016

Apr-1 Shadow | Apr-7 Desire | Apr-18 Meridian | Apr-20 Morton | Apr-28 Spring | May-2 Wilderness | May-6 Sawyer | May-31 Mercer

May-31 My first visit to the Mercer Slough. Keith has been here twice before


Looking north from boat launch


City workers were using the boat launch to access Lake Washington to apply some sort of weed killer


Looking south I-90 in the distance


1 Bill leading the way up the slough2


Bellevue high rises in the distance


Foot bridge


Mysterious inlet flow


Turtles #1


Office buildings


Northern end inlet


Inlet closeup


2 Slough inlet - Bill thinking about going upstream (ala salmon)2


Auto bridge


3 Under the road to the Mystery Island2


Taking advantage of the shade


Turtles #2


Hard to beat this office view


Geese #1


Geese #2


Turtles #3


Continuing past boat launch to I-90


4 Bill leading the way under I-902


Under I-90


5 Under the noisy I-902


Channel to lake


Lake Washington and Newport Yacht Club


With the lake headwinds we decided to head back under I-90 and return to the boat launch


Route531. The longest distance to date!2


Mercer Slough Layout - Sweylocken Boat Launch access in red


    Credits:
  1. U.O.N., Olympus Stylus 770SW Digital Photography by William F. Smith (7.1 MP, 2304x1728 SQ1, 3X optical 38-114mm)
  2. Panasonic DMC-TS25 Digital Photography by Keith Felderman (16.1 MP, 4X optical 25-100mm)

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