On my previous visit to Rattlesnake Bar (April 20) I found a sea of purple lupine covering the exposed shoreline. Three weeks later, most of the lupine has died out. On this day, we arrived about 8:30 in the morning; the temperature was already warming up and there was very little breeze. The gusty north winds would arrive around 11 AM; and although the air movement helped relieve the day’s heat, it again increased the risk of fire danger across Northern California. Even with the lake’s water levels so low, a few people turned up to enjoy sun and the water. Still, it’s possible to find a bit of solitude if you arrive early enough.