Lake Meridian (WA) - August 3, 2020

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Aug-3 Meridian | Aug-7 Morton | Aug-10 Holm | Aug-13 Killarney-Geneva | Aug-18 Shadow | Aug-22 Desire | Aug-26 Wilderness | Sep-1 Spring | Sep-5 Morton | Sep-21 Meridian | Sep-22 Shadow | Sep-28 Desire | Sep-30 Wilderness | Oct-2 Spring | Oct-5 Fenwick | Oct-9 Morton | Oct-12 Meridian | Oct-15 Shadow | Oct-22 Desire | Oct-27 Wilderness | Oct-30 Spring | Nov-2 Morton

Aug-3 Lake Meridian revisit. 7:14pm launch


NW corner. 'Low rent district'


Evening view of Mt. Rainier


Standard geese pic on low floating platform


Sun has already dipped behind the trees


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


Lake Morton (WA) - August 7, 2020

Aug-3 Meridian | Aug-7 Morton | Aug-10 Holm | Aug-13 Killarney-Geneva | Aug-18 Shadow | Aug-22 Desire | Aug-26 Wilderness | Sep-1 Spring | Sep-5 Morton | Sep-21 Meridian | Sep-22 Shadow | Sep-28 Desire | Sep-30 Wilderness | Oct-2 Spring | Oct-5 Fenwick | Oct-9 Morton | Oct-12 Meridian | Oct-15 Shadow | Oct-22 Desire | Oct-27 Wilderness | Oct-30 Spring | Nov-2 Morton

Aug-7 Lake Morton revisit. 7:23pm launch


Looking north. Serene paddling tonight


Looking south at sunset. Mountain is mostly clouded in


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


Lake Holm (Neilson) (WA) - August 10, 2020

Aug-3 Meridian | Aug-7 Morton | Aug-10 Holm | Aug-13 Killarney-Geneva | Aug-18 Shadow | Aug-22 Desire | Aug-26 Wilderness | Sep-1 Spring | Sep-5 Morton | Sep-21 Meridian | Sep-22 Shadow | Sep-28 Desire | Sep-30 Wilderness | Oct-2 Spring | Oct-5 Fenwick | Oct-9 Morton | Oct-12 Meridian | Oct-15 Shadow | Oct-22 Desire | Oct-27 Wilderness | Oct-30 Spring | Nov-2 Morton

Aug-10 Lake Holm revisit. First time since 2015. 11:04am launch


Looking nortwest, towards the 'big' end


Field of purple lily pads


The northwest perimeter is heavily lily padded


And with a few bogs...


Looking south east


Back to access, and since this is a small lake I'll do the clockwise lap


Mt. Rainier on the return


Took a second shot, because a gust of wind moved me during the first


Lake Holm (Neilson) Layout - WDFW access in red. 19 acres, 31 ft. max. depth, El. 401'


Lake Killarney and Lake Geneva (WA) - August 13, 2020

Aug-3 Meridian | Aug-7 Morton | Aug-10 Holm | Aug-13 Killarney-Geneva | Aug-18 Shadow | Aug-22 Desire | Aug-26 Wilderness | Sep-1 Spring | Sep-5 Morton | Sep-21 Meridian | Sep-22 Shadow | Sep-28 Desire | Sep-30 Wilderness | Oct-2 Spring | Oct-5 Fenwick | Oct-9 Morton | Oct-12 Meridian | Oct-15 Shadow | Oct-22 Desire | Oct-27 Wilderness | Oct-30 Spring | Nov-2 Morton

Aug-13 Lake Killarney revisit. First time since 2018. 11:34am launch


Connector to main lake


Looking north from shaded alcove


View from hidden outlet


Buoy with sampling screen attached. Background info


Big homes along the northern tip


Aug-13 Lake Geneva revisit. Across the street from Killarney. 1:08pm launch


Screaming kids and a party boat


Outlet at northern end. No signs of the submerged boat from previous years


Lake Killarney Layout - WDFW access in red. 31 acres, 15 ft. max. depth El. 372'
Lake Geneva Layout - WDFW access in red. 29 acres, 46 ft. max. depth El. 372'


Shadow Lake (WA) - August 18, 2020

Aug-3 Meridian | Aug-7 Morton | Aug-10 Holm | Aug-13 Killarney-Geneva | Aug-18 Shadow | Aug-22 Desire | Aug-26 Wilderness | Sep-1 Spring | Sep-5 Morton | Sep-21 Meridian | Sep-22 Shadow | Sep-28 Desire | Sep-30 Wilderness | Oct-2 Spring | Oct-5 Fenwick | Oct-9 Morton | Oct-12 Meridian | Oct-15 Shadow | Oct-22 Desire | Oct-27 Wilderness | Oct-30 Spring | Nov-2 Morton

Aug-18 Shadow Lake revisit. 7:07pm launch


Evening view of Mt. Rainier


Sunset #1


Sunset #2


Shadow Lake Layout - WDFW access in red. 50 acres, 45 ft. max. depth. El. 539'


Lake Desire (WA) - August 22, 2020

Aug-3 Meridian | Aug-7 Morton | Aug-10 Holm | Aug-13 Killarney-Geneva | Aug-18 Shadow | Aug-22 Desire | Aug-26 Wilderness | Sep-1 Spring | Sep-5 Morton | Sep-21 Meridian | Sep-22 Shadow | Sep-28 Desire | Sep-30 Wilderness | Oct-2 Spring | Oct-5 Fenwick | Oct-9 Morton | Oct-12 Meridian | Oct-15 Shadow | Oct-22 Desire | Oct-27 Wilderness | Oct-30 Spring | Nov-2 Morton

Aug-22 Lake Desire revisit. 6:45pm launch


View from southern outlet


Sunset with some headwinds to make me work


I assume visitors are not welcome here


View from northern outlet


Lake Desire Layout - WDFW access in red. 72 acres, 21 ft. max. depth El. 491'


Lake Wilderness (WA) - August 26, 2020

Aug-3 Meridian | Aug-7 Morton | Aug-10 Holm | Aug-13 Killarney-Geneva | Aug-18 Shadow | Aug-22 Desire | Aug-26 Wilderness | Sep-1 Spring | Sep-5 Morton | Sep-21 Meridian | Sep-22 Shadow | Sep-28 Desire | Sep-30 Wilderness | Oct-2 Spring | Oct-5 Fenwick | Oct-9 Morton | Oct-12 Meridian | Oct-15 Shadow | Oct-22 Desire | Oct-27 Wilderness | Oct-30 Spring | Nov-2 Morton

Aug-26 Lake Wilderness revisit. 11:23am launch


Clear water lets me see the lake bottom scum


Apparently the geese like looking at the scum as well


I keep expecting this leaner to end up in the lake


Spectacular afternoon Mt. Rainier view


Lake Wilderness Layout - WDFW access in red. 67 acres, 38 ft. max. depth. El. 468'


Spring Lake (WA) - September 1, 2020

Aug-3 Meridian | Aug-7 Morton | Aug-10 Holm | Aug-13 Killarney-Geneva | Aug-18 Shadow | Aug-22 Desire | Aug-26 Wilderness | Sep-1 Spring | Sep-5 Morton | Sep-21 Meridian | Sep-22 Shadow | Sep-28 Desire | Sep-30 Wilderness | Oct-2 Spring | Oct-5 Fenwick | Oct-9 Morton | Oct-12 Meridian | Oct-15 Shadow | Oct-22 Desire | Oct-27 Wilderness | Oct-30 Spring | Nov-2 Morton

Sep-1 Spring Lake revisit. 10:26am launch


Fighting thru the lily pads for 'warmup'


Damn beaver dam


View from south outlet


Clear view of Mt. Rainier today


Spring Lake Layout - WDFW access in red. 68 acres, 32 ft. max. depth. El. 482'


Lake Morton (WA) - September 5, 2020

Aug-3 Meridian | Aug-7 Morton | Aug-10 Holm | Aug-13 Killarney-Geneva | Aug-18 Shadow | Aug-22 Desire | Aug-26 Wilderness | Sep-1 Spring | Sep-5 Morton | Sep-21 Meridian | Sep-22 Shadow | Sep-28 Desire | Sep-30 Wilderness | Oct-2 Spring | Oct-5 Fenwick | Oct-9 Morton | Oct-12 Meridian | Oct-15 Shadow | Oct-22 Desire | Oct-27 Wilderness | Oct-30 Spring | Nov-2 Morton

Sep-5 Lake Morton revisit. 6:22pm launch


Getting close to sunset


Mt. Rainier is hazy this evening


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


Lake Meridian (WA) - September 21, 2020

Aug-3 Meridian | Aug-7 Morton | Aug-10 Holm | Aug-13 Killarney-Geneva | Aug-18 Shadow | Aug-22 Desire | Aug-26 Wilderness | Sep-1 Spring | Sep-5 Morton | Sep-21 Meridian | Sep-22 Shadow | Sep-28 Desire | Sep-30 Wilderness | Oct-2 Spring | Oct-5 Fenwick | Oct-9 Morton | Oct-12 Meridian | Oct-15 Shadow | Oct-22 Desire | Oct-27 Wilderness | Oct-30 Spring | Nov-2 Morton

Sep-21 Lake Meridian revisit. 12:45pm launch. First kayaking opportunity after 12 days of smoky air (AQI inset)


Not often is the surface glassy smooth. Usually wind and/or boats


Not much of a mountain view today. Mostly clouded in


Fire and rescue class on free diving


Dumb kid feeding geese


Approaching outlet. Too low to go under bridge today


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


Shadow Lake (WA) - September 22, 2020

Aug-3 Meridian | Aug-7 Morton | Aug-10 Holm | Aug-13 Killarney-Geneva | Aug-18 Shadow | Aug-22 Desire | Aug-26 Wilderness | Sep-1 Spring | Sep-5 Morton | Sep-21 Meridian | Sep-22 Shadow | Sep-28 Desire | Sep-30 Wilderness | Oct-2 Spring | Oct-5 Fenwick | Oct-9 Morton | Oct-12 Meridian | Oct-15 Shadow | Oct-22 Desire | Oct-27 Wilderness | Oct-30 Spring | Nov-2 Morton

Sep-22 Shadow Lake revisit. 12:pm launch


Sunny overhead, but the mountain is clouded over


Big honking geese


View from alcove along western side


Return access way


Shadow Lake Layout - WDFW access in red. 50 acres, 45 ft. max. depth. El. 539'


Lake Desire (WA) - September 28, 2020

Aug-3 Meridian | Aug-7 Morton | Aug-10 Holm | Aug-13 Killarney-Geneva | Aug-18 Shadow | Aug-22 Desire | Aug-26 Wilderness | Sep-1 Spring | Sep-5 Morton | Sep-21 Meridian | Sep-22 Shadow | Sep-28 Desire | Sep-30 Wilderness | Oct-2 Spring | Oct-5 Fenwick | Oct-9 Morton | Oct-12 Meridian | Oct-15 Shadow | Oct-22 Desire | Oct-27 Wilderness | Oct-30 Spring | Nov-2 Morton

Sep-28 Lake Desire revisit. 12:20pm launch


The top of Mt. Rainier can be seen above the glass smooth water


Water break in the southern outlet


Baking in the sun in the northern outlet


Lake Desire Layout - WDFW access in red. 72 acres, 21 ft. max. depth El. 491'


Lake Wilderness (WA) - September 30, 2020

Aug-3 Meridian | Aug-7 Morton | Aug-10 Holm | Aug-13 Killarney-Geneva | Aug-18 Shadow | Aug-22 Desire | Aug-26 Wilderness | Sep-1 Spring | Sep-5 Morton | Sep-21 Meridian | Sep-22 Shadow | Sep-28 Desire | Sep-30 Wilderness | Oct-2 Spring | Oct-5 Fenwick | Oct-9 Morton | Oct-12 Meridian | Oct-15 Shadow | Oct-22 Desire | Oct-27 Wilderness | Oct-30 Spring | Nov-2 Morton

Sep-30 Lake Wilderness revisit. 11:36am launch


Sunny but quite hazy. No mountain view. AQI is 11, rated 'Good'


Lots of fisherman and screaming kids. 'Wilderness' is a misnomer


Lake Wilderness Layout - WDFW access in red. 67 acres, 38 ft. max. depth. El. 468'


Spring Lake (WA) - October 2, 2020

Aug-3 Meridian | Aug-7 Morton | Aug-10 Holm | Aug-13 Killarney-Geneva | Aug-18 Shadow | Aug-22 Desire | Aug-26 Wilderness | Sep-1 Spring | Sep-5 Morton | Sep-21 Meridian | Sep-22 Shadow | Sep-28 Desire | Sep-30 Wilderness | Oct-2 Spring | Oct-5 Fenwick | Oct-9 Morton | Oct-12 Meridian | Oct-15 Shadow | Oct-22 Desire | Oct-27 Wilderness | Oct-30 Spring | Nov-2 Morton

Oct-2 Spring Lake revisit. 1:07pm launch


View from alcove along southwest side


Temporary dock repair? Jamming old logs underneath to keep the platform afloat


High level smoke haze obscures mountain view today. Airnow.gov says 75 Kent, 52 North Bend (4pm). Purple Air claims 105, 90 same locations. A lot of data scatter


Spring Lake Layout - WDFW access in red. 68 acres, 32 ft. max. depth. El. 482'


Lake Fenwick (WA) - October 5, 2020

Aug-3 Meridian | Aug-7 Morton | Aug-10 Holm | Aug-13 Killarney-Geneva | Aug-18 Shadow | Aug-22 Desire | Aug-26 Wilderness | Sep-1 Spring | Sep-5 Morton | Sep-21 Meridian | Sep-22 Shadow | Sep-28 Desire | Sep-30 Wilderness | Oct-2 Spring | Oct-5 Fenwick | Oct-9 Morton | Oct-12 Meridian | Oct-15 Shadow | Oct-22 Desire | Oct-27 Wilderness | Oct-30 Spring | Nov-2 Morton

Oct-5 Lake Fenwick revisit. First since 2017. 12:03pm launch


View from the south end


View from the north end. A long skinny lake


Park steps


New park trail eliminated bridge to large alcove ~3 acres


Park trail was closed last time I was here


View from park steps looking at mystery tree in the middle of the lake


Added side platform. My tax dollars at work :)


Lake Fenwick Layout - WDFW access in red. 22 acres, 31 ft. max. depth El. 119'


Lake Morton (WA) - October 9, 2020

Aug-3 Meridian | Aug-7 Morton | Aug-10 Holm | Aug-13 Killarney-Geneva | Aug-18 Shadow | Aug-22 Desire | Aug-26 Wilderness | Sep-1 Spring | Sep-5 Morton | Sep-21 Meridian | Sep-22 Shadow | Sep-28 Desire | Sep-30 Wilderness | Oct-2 Spring | Oct-5 Fenwick | Oct-9 Morton | Oct-12 Meridian | Oct-15 Shadow | Oct-22 Desire | Oct-27 Wilderness | Oct-30 Spring | Nov-2 Morton

Oct-9 Lake Morton revisit. 10:31am launch


Very serene today. Rains and winds supposed to arrive this evening


Mountain mostly hidden today


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


Lake Meridian (WA) - October 12, 2020

Aug-3 Meridian | Aug-7 Morton | Aug-10 Holm | Aug-13 Killarney-Geneva | Aug-18 Shadow | Aug-22 Desire | Aug-26 Wilderness | Sep-1 Spring | Sep-5 Morton | Sep-21 Meridian | Sep-22 Shadow | Sep-28 Desire | Sep-30 Wilderness | Oct-2 Spring | Oct-5 Fenwick | Oct-9 Morton | Oct-12 Meridian | Oct-15 Shadow | Oct-22 Desire | Oct-27 Wilderness | Oct-30 Spring | Nov-2 Morton

Oct-12 Lake Meridian revisit. 1:50pm launch


The NW corner is more sheltered from the wind. No mountain view today


A bit of sunshine helps offset the brisk temp and winds


The docks around Meridian are all numbered. Not sure why #26 needed to appear on this 200 ft. marker buoy


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


Shadow Lake (WA) - October 15, 2020

Aug-3 Meridian | Aug-7 Morton | Aug-10 Holm | Aug-13 Killarney-Geneva | Aug-18 Shadow | Aug-22 Desire | Aug-26 Wilderness | Sep-1 Spring | Sep-5 Morton | Sep-21 Meridian | Sep-22 Shadow | Sep-28 Desire | Sep-30 Wilderness | Oct-2 Spring | Oct-5 Fenwick | Oct-9 Morton | Oct-12 Meridian | Oct-15 Shadow | Oct-22 Desire | Oct-27 Wilderness | Oct-30 Spring | Nov-2 Morton

Oct-15 Shadow Lake revisit. 11:43am launch


I thought I had 2 geese posing on a log, but when I zoomed in somehow only 1 was in the view finder!


Partial mountain view today


Basking in the warm afternoon sun in the return access


Shadow Lake Layout - WDFW access in red. 50 acres, 45 ft. max. depth. El. 539'


Lake Desire (WA) - October 22, 2020

Aug-3 Meridian | Aug-7 Morton | Aug-10 Holm | Aug-13 Killarney-Geneva | Aug-18 Shadow | Aug-22 Desire | Aug-26 Wilderness | Sep-1 Spring | Sep-5 Morton | Sep-21 Meridian | Sep-22 Shadow | Sep-28 Desire | Sep-30 Wilderness | Oct-2 Spring | Oct-5 Fenwick | Oct-9 Morton | Oct-12 Meridian | Oct-15 Shadow | Oct-22 Desire | Oct-27 Wilderness | Oct-30 Spring | Nov-2 Morton

Oct-22 Lake Desire revisit. 1:48pm launch. Some fall colors


No mountain view, but interesting cloud striations


In the shaded south outlet. Quite chilly today (52F). Glad I wore a fleece top


In the sunny north outlet. Yes, that is a submerged tire


Lake Desire Layout - WDFW access in red. 72 acres, 21 ft. max. depth El. 491'


Lake Wilderness (WA) - October 27, 2020

Aug-3 Meridian | Aug-7 Morton | Aug-10 Holm | Aug-13 Killarney-Geneva | Aug-18 Shadow | Aug-22 Desire | Aug-26 Wilderness | Sep-1 Spring | Sep-5 Morton | Sep-21 Meridian | Sep-22 Shadow | Sep-28 Desire | Sep-30 Wilderness | Oct-2 Spring | Oct-5 Fenwick | Oct-9 Morton | Oct-12 Meridian | Oct-15 Shadow | Oct-22 Desire | Oct-27 Wilderness | Oct-30 Spring | Nov-2 Morton

Oct-27 Lake Wilderness revisit. 1:34pm launch


A pleasant afternoon. Mid-50s, sunny and no wind


Some autumn color


Hazy mountain view today


Lake Wilderness Layout - WDFW access in red. 67 acres, 38 ft. max. depth. El. 468'


Spring Lake (WA) - October 30, 2020

Aug-3 Meridian | Aug-7 Morton | Aug-10 Holm | Aug-13 Killarney-Geneva | Aug-18 Shadow | Aug-22 Desire | Aug-26 Wilderness | Sep-1 Spring | Sep-5 Morton | Sep-21 Meridian | Sep-22 Shadow | Sep-28 Desire | Sep-30 Wilderness | Oct-2 Spring | Oct-5 Fenwick | Oct-9 Morton | Oct-12 Meridian | Oct-15 Shadow | Oct-22 Desire | Oct-27 Wilderness | Oct-30 Spring | Nov-2 Morton

Oct-30 Spring Lake revisit. 1:54pm launch


Beaver dam still blocks the outlet


Getting to the outlet was a lot easier than the last visit. Lily pads almost gone


No mountain view today


Paddling into the afternoon sun and a moderate headwind


Spring Lake Layout - WDFW access in red. 68 acres, 32 ft. max. depth. El. 482'


Lake Morton (WA) - November, 2020

Aug-3 Meridian | Aug-7 Morton | Aug-10 Holm | Aug-13 Killarney-Geneva | Aug-18 Shadow | Aug-22 Desire | Aug-26 Wilderness | Sep-1 Spring | Sep-5 Morton | Sep-21 Meridian | Sep-22 Shadow | Sep-28 Desire | Sep-30 Wilderness | Oct-2 Spring | Oct-5 Fenwick | Oct-9 Morton | Oct-12 Meridian | Oct-15 Shadow | Oct-22 Desire | Oct-27 Wilderness | Oct-30 Spring | Nov-2 Morton

Nov-2 Lake Morton revisit. 12:26pm launch. Based on the forecast this may be the last day of my kayaking season


Quiet southern end


Must be the lawn of the day. All the geese are gathered here


Cramming a large new home next to asmaller older one. Lesser slope would require a higher design snow load


Hard to beat the mountain view today


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


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