Lake Edison Camping Trip

For Labor Day we went camping at Lake Thomas A. Edison in the High Sierras. The goal was to get away for a bit and teach some friends how to camp and fly fish. 

It was a long drive and the last hour was on a single lane road with traffic going both ways and serious blind corners and nasty drop-offs. Thankfully The Boy is a great driver, particularly in those conditions (thank you being raised in Montana) and the scenery was some of the more beautiful mountain scenery I’ve seen from a car. That night we set up camp and got ready for the next day.

Our awesome new Big Agnes tent. We have a seed pod and were jealous of our friends when car camping so last year used our REI friends and family discount to pick up this bad boy. There are so many things that are so amazing about this tent!

Our awesome new Big Agnes tent. We have a Big Agnes seedhouse which we love for backpacking. We were jealous of our friends when car camping so last year we used our REI friends and family discount to pick up this bad boy. There are so many things that are so amazing about this tent!

My dogs are the best. They made a fort to keep me warm. Tyke slept at my head and would occasionally press his soft lab ears against my head and Wally was a gigantic teddy bear who was my big spoon. Love those monsters.

My dogs are the best. They made a fort to keep me warm. Tyke slept at my head and would occasionally press his soft lab ears against my head and Wally was a gigantic teddy bear who was my big spoon. Love those monsters.

The next day we set out to fly fish but there is a drought in California and our friends are brand new to fly fishing so we had to hike about 13 miles to find some fishable water at the Devil’s Bathtub. The hike was pretty mellow with a steep part at the end and lots and lots of sand. Luckily the water was refreshing so most of us hopped in and one of us even caught a fish!

The brown flat is where Lake Edison is when there's not a drought.

The brown flat is where Lake Edison is when there’s not a drought.

The Boy fishing. Moments like this make me so happy

The Boy fishing. Moments like this make me so happy

Our sweet old lab checking out the best place to jump in and cool off

Our sweet old lab checking out the best place to jump in and cool off

Wally resting in the shade after soaking his paws

Wally resting in the shade after soaking his paws

Gorgeous alpine lake

Gorgeous alpine lake

Alpine lakes are my happy place

Alpine lakes are my happy place

At the end of the day we were tired and happy. We were sore enough to feel like we did something good that day, but no so sore that we couldn’t enjoy each others’ company. One of our wedding presents was an ENO doublenest hammock and I seriously enjoyed kicking my feet up with a mug of wine. Yes, mug of wine. 

Ok, maybe this is my happy place.

Ok, maybe this is my happy place.

We finished our weekend with a trip to the new Mikkeller bar, Perdition, where I had an awesome pumpkin sour by Almanac and then hit up our neighborhood Ethiopian joint for a great dinner. The goal of getting away for a bit was met and was so important given that it has been a pretty rough month for me. Getting outside felt like a giant “reset” button was pushed and I am always so thankful that I am healthy enough and close enough to get to my outdoor therapy.

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