So I have to admit that we cheated on the Paulina Peak part. Although you can hike to the top if you want, you can also drive there. Which makes the hiking part feel unnecessarily difficult, you know? Why do things the hard way?
|the view from the top of the easily accessible Paulina Peak.|
|Paulina Lake, seen from the top of Paulina Peak.|
|Mike adjusting his backpack at the edge of the lake.|
Paulina Lake was formed when the top of the volcano caved in, leaving a crater. The crater filled with water, but then the volcano kept erupting. It ended up splitting the lake into two. Below, you can see Paulina Lake on the left, and East Lake on the right, with a giant obsidian flow/blob in the middle.
|Photo by Tyson Gillard.|
|Mike scouting for mushrooms...|
The walk around the lake was beautiful, and I really wish I could bottle the smells and transmit them through the computer screen to you. It was so fresh out there - pine, wood, clean, clear water - and just a bit crisp.
|The day's poisonous bounty.|
We found a lot of different varieties than what we found around Todd Lake - most likely due to the variation in elevation.
But when we brought them all home, they all came out with suspect poisonous attributes. We basically learned that we know nothing about mushrooms, other than how to find them.
When I got home, I signed Mike and I up for a mushroom and truffle foray in the woods in October. Hopefully we'll learn something and be enjoying a yummy foraged meal in the near future!