Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Diamond Lake

Several weeks ago (I know...this is late) our family and our friends the Seiferts did the 6 hour drive down to one of our favorite traditional camping spots, Diamond Lake OR. Located in the south central part of the state, Diamond is a beautiful natural lake sandwiched between two amazing mountains, Mt. Theilson and Mt. Bailey, and offers a variety of recreational activities including fishing, cycling, canoing, birding :), candy shopping, swimming and more. Our family has gone to the same campsite for many years, and we've even claimed a specific spot each time--G 19, a sprawling double-vehicle site near the lake and of course, near the restrooms.

Imagine if you would a 15 passenger van filled with 8 kids and a bunch of luggage, with 6 bikes on top, towing a U-haul trailer filled with food, stoves, mats, sleeping bags, heaters and tents, followed by a truck manned by four guys and all their stuff, with a dog and a tricycle in the bed, towing a 5 passenger boat which held a canoe and a variety of other camping items, traveling down the highway for a couple hundred miles. Pretty wild huh? That's what it takes. :)

While we were there I took a lot of photos, especially of the mountains at sunrise and sunset, but that presented some difficulties. You see, Diamond Lake is surrounded by large expanses of pine forest, so because of the position of our campsite you couldn't actually see Mt. Theilson, though it was directly behind us. Mt. Bailey was clearly visible across the lake, but any time I wanted to photograph Theilson I had to ride almost halfway around the lake (about 4-5 miles one way) to get a good view. Sunset on Theilson is just gorgeous, but getting pictures involved some misery. Let me explain. I had to wear my camera backpack, balance my new 6 lb. tripod on the handlebars of my mountain bike, and ride hard and fast (because I almost always forgot what time it was, and had to hustle not to miss sunset) through clouds--I mean clouds--of gnats in the gathering darkness, trying not to suffocate and to stay on the bike path. Of course, once I reached my chosen location it was all worth it...for a few minutes. Then I had to repeat the process except this time in the dark. If I'd had a gas mask I would have worn it, the gnats were that bad. Despite the inconveniences I got a lot of neat photos some of which I've posted below.

Sunrise, Sunset

Mt. Theilson

Mt. Bailey

Mt. Scott along the rim of Crater Lake (view from Diamond Lake)

Reading around the campfire

Daniel read a classic translation of the tale of Beowulf around the fire for several nights, that was fun.

In the Boat




Zach :)

Danny Seifert

Danny caught the biggest trout of the whole trip

At the North shore beach

A scale model of Diamond lake, complete with weed beds even!

A Brewer's Blackbird

Mr. Seifert


This isn't our dog, but another guy had his Chocolate Lab there and was having it do some pretty entertaining tricks.



Annalyn and Jessica Seifert

Danny and Mr. Seifert


The intrepid crew of the HMS Seaslug, Captain Nol Thrangbar (me :), my first mate Yrakaz (Zach's name backwards), Freida (Aimee), Bjarny (Jeremy), and Gudrid (Rebecca). Beowulf got us into a Viking mood. My name actually originated when Christopher suggested we dive off the dock to brave the waves and battle sea-sprites, but that's another story. :)

At Camp




Christopher, Katrina and Dad

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Chelsea said...

Hey Benj,
I found an awesome site that you have to check out. it's www.starvingphotographer.com This guy has amazing photographs. Btw, cool pictures from the camping trip. You took a lot of nice ones

Stephenb said...

Very nice pictures Benj! Sounds like a great time y'all had.