Destination, Caples Lake. As you know, we had a storm over the past weekend with the weather guessers putting the snow level below 5000 ft. Unlike last time, the snow level WAS below 5000 ft.
I hit the first signs of snow just before Cooks Station. Then as I went further uphill, the amount increased (no duh). At 6000 ft. it was more dirt than snow. At 7000 ft. it was more snow than dirt. At 8000 ft. it was a pretty good accumulation in the area of 3 to 4 inches.
Then dropping back down to Silver Lake, I did a pit stop at the launch site and snapped this picture of where I fished back on October 22nd. No snow then.
|Silver Lake Elevation 7261'|
I wanted to know if they had closed the gate yet and the only way to tell is drive there. To my surprise, the gate was still open. Onward I went.
The shot below is from one of the un-improved campgrounds along Blue Lakes Road. I still had a thousand feet or so to climb. Was this an omen?
|The mountain between Hope Vally and Blue Lakes|
|Road between Lower and Upper Blue Lakes|
Once there, set up, and with two lines in the water, I did panorama shots around the lake.
|To the right|
|Across to the right|
|Across to the left|
On the way back to Highway 88, I saw smoke coming from an area that doesn't have any houses, so one could only assume: Wildfire. The last thing that area needs. So I went to see. I'm somewhat nosy about stuff like that. Turned out that it was what they call a "Prescribed" burn. Knock out some of the under brush before a big fire comes and do it while it's still wet.