As the pine groves thinned to single trees, and the grass struggled to survive without soil our climb made its way up through massive outcroppings of rocks, the switchbacking paths offering tantalizing views of the turquoise shaded waters below.
In the summer hikers are rewarded by glimpses of the beautiful dark turquoise waters created when limestones form crystals on the lake bottom. It's simply magical to watch the summer light tinkle through tinted turquoise water turning it into icy blue on the edges.
"Let's take this path, and maybe we'll come across Molly's bench up there"
After passing around a tight corner hewn into solid granite we happened upon Molly's bench, occupied by a young couple, taking in the views...who obligingly agreed to move aside so we could check the tarnished brass plaque that proved this was the namesake bench.
Down through the switchbacks among the granite jutting rocks back and forth, we followed the signs to what has to be the most beautiful spot for a dog park in the Okanagan... rounded river rock edging crystal clear lake waters. The dogs raced in circles around us, energetically and joyously chasing each other back and forth. Hidden painted rocks were found, and left behind for someone else to discover.
We made our way back to the vehicles as the golden light waned and stretched even further among the tall grasses...gilding and caressing the trunks of the trees, making magic of whatever it touched, including our memories...
Jen @ Rural
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