We meet at the Ballpark at Gillies Bay at 10:00am
Last week we drove up to Thompson Road and hiked south turning off on the side road that leads to Mystery Lake. Before reaching the lake there is a fork in the road where we often strike off onto a narrow winding trail that climbs to the viewpoint on Thompson Bluffs. This time, and to make a change we took the right fork which climbs steeply for a short distance and then ends in the forest. Quite a few years ago we had visited a small lake in this area, but reached it from the south side by a different route than we were on this day. From the road end we bush-wacked east and eventually reached a narrow bluff on the north side of the lake which made a pleasant spot for the lunch break. On the earlier visit some of the hikers tried sitting on apparently solid logs for lunch, only to have them crack more than once. It seems appropriate to name the tranquil spot Broken Logs Lake.
My photo was taken from the lunch spot and shows how shallow it is as water lily leaves dot almost the entire surface, and this common aquatic plant is restricted to quite shallow water.
The shallow Broken Logs Lake a short distance east of Thompson Bluffs. The leaves dotting the surface are water lilies.