TV

Finally bought a TV. Had it sitting on this old coffee table. I don’t like the flimsy legs attached to the unit. Costco had a mount on sale for $89. Took about an hour to mount. Now we need some sort of cabinet underneath to hold Roku, DVDs.

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Mud

Needed a quick and easy solution to stop walking in the mud and some simple steps to the porch. Nice to have plenty of scrap lumber and an hour to kill.

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Independence Day 2015

Avoiding crowds is how I prefer to spend my holiday.

So we loaded up the kayaks and drove north hoping to find some water that didn’t have white trash floating in it.

Bear, Sacheen and Davis Lakes were all no-goes. We knew better than to even try South Skookum.

Brown’s Lake was a long-shot but last time there the campground was a mess of downed timber and slash piles. Plus, Half Moon is en-route and worth a look, too.

Two vehicles at Half Moon; the water was smooth and clear. We pulled into the last spot in the tiny parking area and carried our boats down the steep launch.

Plenty of room on this 12-acre lake for a couple kayakers and two couples fishing from canoes.

Temperature held around 93°F; we found shade from tall cedars along the west shore as well as from the occasional cloud passing.

Fish were jumping, plenty of birds to watch, and a moose swam across the lake only a couple hundred feet from us. I took a few photos with my mobile; however, they were all crap (as you’d expect) so I deleted them in disgust.

We paddled around for several hours, taking time to simply relax and float together on the still water, listening to the sounds of nature.

I helped a guy carry his canoe up the launch and he mentioned that there were a bunch of “rowdy yahoos” causing a commotion at Brown’s Lake…so we were pleased to have not driven all the way up there only to turn around and leave.

Some mobile phone photos:

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Taken from atop the boat launch, which is much too steep to drive down, effectively disqualifying any craft that can’t be carried. Nice!

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This is “rough” water on Half Moon

Spent some time floating in one spot and taking in the sounds of fish slapping the water, birds calling out, and the wind through the trees

Spent some time floating in one spot and taking in the sounds of fish slapping the water, birds calling out, and the wind through the trees

Found this apparently old wooden boat below the water. I'm taking my snorkeling gear next time to check it out

Found this apparently old wooden boat below the water. I’m taking my snorkeling gear next time to check it out

We had been paddling over this thing many times but never saw it until the sunlight caught it just so

We had been paddling over this thing many times but never saw it until the sunlight caught it just so

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There's a trail up the hill opposite the lake. I was in flip-flops so no exploring this day but snapped a photo from 50 feet up the rise

There’s a trail up the hill opposite the lake. I was in flip-flops so no exploring this day but snapped a photo from 50 feet up the rise

As we were leaving, a parting shot of sunlight illuminating the lake bed

As we were leaving, a parting shot of sunlight illuminating the lake bed

Another fantastic day outside, away from email, texting, phone calls…disconnected, isolated. Awesome way to spend a Saturday.

I regret not taking my fishing gear, snorkeling stuff and my good camera. It would be nice to camp here, but that is not allowed as this is a “Day Use Only” lake. Recommended campgrounds are Brown’s Lake CG two miles away and South Skookum CG 3.5 miles away.

Links:

Half Moon Lake, Colville NF, Washington

Brown’s Lake, Colville NF, Washington

South Skookum Lake, Colville NF, Washington

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Half Moon Lake

Northeastern Washington

Mobile phone pics:

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Sullivan Cabin

Friends built a small cabin near Lake Sullivan. Cost approx. $5,000

Mobile pics:

Rode his Harley up to give us the keys

Rode his Harley up to give us the keys

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Outdoor shower. There's also a full indoor bathroom with a tiled shower, sink and incinerator toilet

Outdoor shower. There’s also a full indoor bathroom with a tiled shower, sink and incinerator toilet

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Little Pend Oreille Lakes

Checked out a bunch of lakes in NE Washington. Finally put into Gillette Lake, which is part of the chain of Little Pend Oreille Lakes.

Paddled around Gillette and upstream into Lake Thomas; then upstream into Lake Heritage.

Mobile phone pics:

Checking out Lake Leo. Decided the water wasn't looking clean enough for us so we moved on.

Checking out Lake Leo. Decided the water wasn’t looking clean enough for us so we moved on.

Catching some shade at Lake Thomas campground

Catching some shade at Lake Thomas campground

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Beaver lodge between Lake Thomas and Lake Heritage. Saw no beavers but got very close to a couple of great blue herons

Beaver lodge between Lake Thomas and Lake Heritage. Saw no beavers but got very close to a couple of great blue herons

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I decided to try exiting onto the raised dock (approx. three feet above the water) and it was a bit of a struggle. Luckily no video exists

I decided to try exiting onto the raised dock (approx. three feet above the water) and it was a bit of a struggle. Luckily no video exists

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Reply

Possibly the best reply to any text I’ve ever seen:

My buddy and his wife were road-tripping to California so I sent a photo of the guys from Dumb & Dumber on a road trip…

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