the first weekend we went up there, we just went for a day to go fishing. the fishing was exceptionally poor for all of us except w who caught the biggest fish of his life. and acutally he caught four fish (to my 0, sierra's 0, and b's 1 fish).
the view from the top of the rock cliff wall on the side of the lake. the wall is beautiful to look at from the ground, but the view is, perhaps, even better from the top.
this was the view to the water at the base of the rock wall. i had this sense that it would be so fun to dive off the top of the ledge and swan dive into the lake below, which is funny because i normally get scared just thinking of doing something like that. but looking at the rocks below was enough to make me know that my fantasy would never become a reality.
w and i fished off the rocks here. i thought for sure we'd catch a good fish (it looked like the perfect spot). but no dice. those fish just wouldn't bite--except, occationally, for william. i didn't have a definite bit all day.
we decided it would be fun to go back up to castle lake the following weekend, but this time we would spend the night and camp by the lake, and then walk to another lake the following day. we got up to castle lake last friday night around 6:30. b and i set up the tent while the kids fished. we got our bear bag rigged up and then built a fire. we cooked hotdogs and then make a tin foil peach cobbler. it all tasted very good.
it was a beautiful night. the moon was almost full, and the sky was clear. we stayed up pretty late and could see well by the light of the moon and fire. it was great.
the next day we woke up and headed out to the other lake. we took w there three years ago and knew that the fishing should be easy. we also knew that the other lake wasn't too far away from castle. what we didn't know was that it would be quite a bit of steep rock climbing.
it was a challenging lake to get to. but w and s both did really well making it there. we definitely have tough kids.
once we got to the other lake, we weren't disappointed by the fishing. s caught a fish (her first fish EVER) on her first cast there. she reeled it in on her own too!
here's another one of s's fish. this was at a sweet spot in the lake. we all caught a few fish by those logs.
while s and i were working on the fire, b was cleaning the fish we were about to cook, and w was doing some catch and relase fishing, we heard w call out. he was crying, and i saw b run over to him. i was tending the fire and figured that b would help w out since i couldn't think of what could have happened that would be all that bad. but then b called to me and said to run over as fast as i could. i told s to watch the fire and ran over. w--in trying to get a lure untaggled from a log--had gotten a lure stuck in the back of his head.
w is a tough kid. he held on tightly to my arm (and sometimes my leg) while b cut the hat off his head and yanked the lure out of his head. thankfully, only one of the barbs got stuck. and, thankfully, b was there to yank it out (i get light headed pretty easily with gross body issues). he tried to pull it out gently a couple of times, but it was clear that wasn't going to get it out. so he pulled as hard as he could (which really must have hurt) and got it out.
the amazing thing was that the wound site just looked like a pin prick in his head. it wasn't a big, bloody mess at all. we put some hand sanitizer on it and then some neosporin later, but it wasn't a bad wound at all. amazing.
w getting lure stuck in his head became his favorite story to tell of our weekend trip. all the next day at church he told everyone about how he got a lure stuck in his head.
b cutting the limes we would squeeze on our fish. boy was that good. always remember to bring limes when you're going to catch and eat trout!
after we made it back from the other lake, we threw on our swimming suits and went swimming in castle lake. b made it out into the lake first. with his goggles on, he was able to see some nice trout.
w and s didn't make it into the water very far. the water was coolish (it took me a little while to get in), but it was remarkably warm for a lake at 10,000 feet that receives water from snow melt.
i love-love-loved swimming in the lake. it was amazing to look around and take in the beautiful view from the middle of the lake. it does look different from the middle. it was one of those perfect moments in your life where you just think life is good.
b started getting cold (shivering a lot) after about 20-25 minutes so we headed in. while we swam to the shore, my ears started getting really cold. that was my only complaint. but if i would have stayed in as long as b, i might have felt colder too.