Lost Lake

The fact is, I didn’t actually find Lost Lake during this late August hiking trip.**

I almost didn’t get to the trail at all… My 8 a.m. departure time for the drive to Seward got delayed for three and a half hours by a leaky tire.

I thought about changing my plans, choosing a closer destination. But my heart was set on this trail.

The first time I encountered the Lost Lake trail was a rainy overnight backpacking trip.

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Gorgeous. And wet and cloudy.

My second time, that same summer  five years ago, was the Lost Lake Run, a benefit for Cystic Fibrosis research. Again, gorgeous.

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And again, rainy. Cloudy. Muddy.

This summer, I’m some 20 pounds heavier and easing my way back into running.

But as John Muir famously said, “The mountains are calling and I must go.” I was determined to see the trail in the sunshine this summer. And, well, August is coming to a close, and the sun is shining, so…

Two minutes into the hike, through the first miles of lush forest, Jack Dog and I were in heaven.

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Waterfalls. Moss-covered trees. Ferns everywhere. Blueberries perfect for picking and snacking.

I’m not sure who was happier, me or my dog.

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But there was one particular thing I looked forward to. It’s the reason I chose to hike in from the Seward side rather than the Primrose Campground side, even though it would have been a shorter drive. I remembered the last two rainy days I’d been on the trail, and how incredible it was to suddenly look out and see Resurrection Bay, beyond Seward. I wanted THAT view. And I got it.

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We got home late, and I was pretty tired during that drive. But SO worth it. And can’t wait till the next time we’re back on that trail. Maybe this time we’ll have a sunny day AND get to the lake.

**Not only did I not find Lost Lake, I then lost the blog post. But how lovely to come back to it two months later and recall this lovely hike! Hope you enjoyed the memory as much as I did!

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