This place is my 'home base.'
Regardless of remodels and new furniture, it will always remain The Cabin,
where the air smells like lakewater, and reflected light is busy glittering and dancing to watery rhythms on your ceiling when you wake in the morning.
There is nothing like full-on summer at the lake; when the last of the snow recedes from the rugged mountains of the Bob Marshall Wilderness, trips to the Ice Cream Place are a daily occurence, and the water finally grows warm enough for more than just a quick dip.
It is so wonderful to watch my children discover this place.
To watch them breathe in air that tastes of glaciers, watch turtles lay eggs on the rocky shore, dip their toes and hands in the lake, and come away with a yellow bracelet of pine pollen.
There is the feeling of skimming across the top of the water in Grandma & Grampa's boat,
dinners on the deck,
baths in the sink,
cozy naps while changing altitudes,
and the tradition of the 4th of July Parade:
The morning of the 4th, I escaped for a few hours for my own celebration of independence; a hike in one of my favorite places...all...by...myself!!!!
The view from the top (in any direction) is incredible. To the east are the falls,
and to the west:
On the hike back down to my car I had to strip down and jump in the lake - ahhhh -
Go Independence Day!