A trip down memory lane became a wilderness adventure when I visited Osprey Point on Craine Praire Reservoir this Spring.
Last winter the high Cascades received the heaviest snow pack in years and it flattened a good many of the young spindly pines common to the area, turning an easy hike into an obstacle course infested by great clouds of mosquitos that were spawned in the bogs left behind by the melting snow. Yet in spite of all this discouragement I proceeded onward into the brush, bogs, and bugs because I wanted to visit the memory of the last time I was there, about 20 years ago. A clear remembrance of a happy place in time that seems, looking back on it now, like one or two life-times ago.
I’m not sure what Osprey Point would think of me now but I have to say, the years haven’t been kind to it. A dense thicket has grown up to completely obscure any view of the lake and the interpretive signs that haven’t fallen down already look like they soon will. I didn’t see any Ospreys at Osprey Point but I did hear a large number of geese honking and carrying on somewhere beyond the thicket. However none of that really mattered and I was just happy to be there once again, to remember fondly younger days and reminisce about the years gone by.
I took this by the bridge over the creek on my way back to camp. For fun on a hot summer day I waded across this creek those many years before, but not this time! The ever-present mosquitoes did their best to keep me moving but the late day colors were so wonderful I had to stop for a quick shot of the rough country before moving on once again. I wonder what it will look like in another 20 years…