Robin and Tuck Lakes
Alpine Lakes, Cascade Mountains, Washington
Dave Svilar, Erik L, Dave M
|This wet, soggy image sums up the trip. Outlet stream from lower Robin Lake.|
Even the most optimistic would have to think twice about a trip to Mt Rainier when the weather man says 100% chance of rain... in Bellevue. Erik and his father-in-law were afflicted with a modern day inconvenience otherwise referred to as a job. Thus, despite the miserable forecast we decided to salvage the trip and head east of the crest to a place known for a couple of pretty lakes.
During the soggy hike in to the lakes we became separated and somehow I ended up 800 feet uphill from Erik and Dave M at Robin Lakes. Not a big deal except Erik had the food and I had the cooking supplies. We spent the first night hungry and chilled to the bone huddled in our tents on two different lakes. The next day I moved down to the lower lake - Tuck Lake - and approvingly watched the storm blow itself out. Not too much else to say except I enjoyed meeting Dave M. Over the course of two days he almost had me convinced to become a community college teacher. But, upon further review, that would require committing my time to someone else (a job). No thanks, at least for now.
|Erik hikes along the wet valley floor.
|Beautiful polished granite of Robin Lake.
Storms can be wet and miserable but provide the best photo
opportunities as they clear.
|Moist, cool air flows like a river over the pass
below Mt Daniel.
|Dave M finally gets a nibble. That slimy object the size of a thumb is a mountain-caught rainbow trout. Sorry ladies, that hairdo was not accomplished by any marketable hair products - just good old fashioned sweat and grease.|
- compiled October 2008
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