To the lake and back again
It was a bit chilly when I started my hike from the parking area at Anderson Marsh SHP (Lower Lake) a bit after 10 AM, but as the afternoon wore on, staying warm was no problem at all. In fact, I was grateful for any shade I could find and wishing I had brought along just a bit more drinking water. I was headed for the McVicar Audubon Preserve and hoping to reach the southern shore of Clear Lake — although with the water levels low, I wasn’t sure I could manage to hike that far. By the time I returned to the car, I had logged 5.5 miles and was more than ready to head home and relax the rest of the day!
Teasel grows thick along the southern-most reach of Clear Lake, known as North Cove. This was as close as I was going to get to the main body; and by the time I had reached here I was plenty warm and extremely ready to turn back. Although… that lovely little grove of trees just up the trail, the only oasis of shade along this bare and sun-soaked shoreline, proved absolutely irresistible.