My husband, Matt, and I experienced one of the best times at our favorite campground in the Sierra Nevada mountains. We hiked on local trails, around the lake, swam, and simply relaxed in camp. Our campsite was lakeside and the water level was high, so the walk down the path to the sandy shore took about fifteen seconds. We’ve had similar sites before in the past, but this one was special because we could see that stunning body of water from every angle. We took in the serenity, putting a halt to the go, go, go mindset. It was nice to watch small sailboats, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards cruise the lake. Inspiration to write in my faithful journal that always accompanies me on our wilderness trips happened immediately. Our first sunset was the most spectacular sunset we have ever watched unfold, and I will post about it soon. I’m sharing a handful of the many, many photos below that we took:
For all you Ornithologists, we saw an abundance of birds such as an American Bald Eagle (incredible), a Scrub jay, California Quail, Finches, Diving Ducks, and Canadian Geese. Other creatures piqued our interest: a tiny lake frog and a bullfrog the size of a softball, lizards, squirrels, and chipmunks. Although my husband had hoped to see a black bear!
And below is a poem that formed on…
The First Morning
Our eyes open to chirps of our feathered campers
from high above in the fir trees, and occasionally,
we hear the rustle of a skittering squirrel.
The night before, every creature became silent
as darkness sank into the evening.
But in morning, when darkness has faded
and sunlight shines over the lake,
we walk the few steps down the trail
to the still water, nestle into our camp chairs
side by side, and slowly sip our caffeine indulgence.
We listen. Peace in the uttermost sense of the word.
Beautiful clouds drift by, prompting us to stroll upon them,
feel their softness, but then they move with the grace of a swan.
Ripples in the sand. Artwork in crystal-clear water.
And this is when we watch morning happen…
Lauren Scott ©
I hope you find your place of tranquility…like we did. ❤️
40 thoughts on “Sierra Serenity”
Thanks for sharing this with us, Lauren. Just beautiful.
I’m so glad you enjoyed, John. Thank you! I think we all need a peaceful escape now and then. 🙂 Hope all is well with you. 🏕
Yes we do need an escape. All is well with me.
Wow! What a serene place to be! Beautiful pictures Lauren. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for your lovely comment, Balroop! It was a wonderful, peaceful getaway. 💞
These are the best holidays. I loved all the pictures.
They sure are, Darlene. Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the scenery. 💕
HI Lauren, a really beautiful poem. I saw some more of your pictures on FB. They are simply splendid.
Thanks so much, Robbie, and I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. It’s really a beautiful place and the peace was lovely. 💗
Oh, my, Lauren… what bliss!!!!!! 💖🌅🌳🌲🔆🌟💖
Thanks, Marina! Our time there was definitely blissful. 🙂 It was good to recharge our batteries! Love and hugs to you! ❤️⛺️🥰🌷🥂💜
…and many more back! ❤🤗💗🤗❤
Beautiful poem and photos, Lauren. It sounds like you had a wonderful break in a gorgeous spot. Can’t wait to see those sunsets. Hold onto that glow.
Thanks, Diana! We’ve been there several times, but this trip everything seemed to be perfect…the weather, campsite, etc. I know you can appreciate this setting too. ❤️⛺️
I can. It looked so peaceful. ❤
Nothing beats the quietness of nature for relaxation
Definitely, Ian, and the peace was truly blissful.
Stunning. I hope I get to do something like this when my kids are grown up!
Thanks for your kind words, Julia! Among other trips, we’ve camped for 33 years, as long as we’ve been married and since our oldest was a year old. A vacation where running around in the wilderness, using their imaginations, sleeping in a tent, exploring, and swimming in rivers or lakes was the best kind of vacation to them. As adults, they’ve told us this. Food for thought. ❤️😊
Looks like an amazing place to relax and enjoy nature.
It really is, thanks for stopping by, Binky!
Looks beautiful and sounds like the trip did you both a world of good… ❤ much love Lauren.. ❤
Thanks, Sue. It was a great week and place to recharge our batteries. Love and hugs to you too, dear friend. ❤️🌷
Wow Lauren. Thanks so much for sharing your little slice of heaven with us. I loved sliding through your gorgeous and heavenly photos. ❤
I’m so glad you enjoyed the slide show, Debby. This lake is a little gem without the touristy attractions. A slice of heaven like you said. Thanks for stopping by. 💞
Just awesome and beautiful, Lauren. Thanks for sharing this lovely adventures with us ❤️
Thanks, Kamal. I’m so happy you enjoyed the beauty as well. Have a wonderful day, my friend. 💗
You are always welcome dear Lauren. Have a great week ahead 💘😊😊
Wow great photos. It sounds like you a blast of a time with your husband. Great story here😊🙏
Thank you so much! We had a great time and I’m grateful for your visit and kind words.
Thanks for sharing your travels with us, Lauren! A beautiful poem and pictures. Looks like a rejuvenating and relaxing place to be.
Thanks for your lovely comment, Lisa. I’m so glad you enjoyed the scenery and I appreciate your kind words about my poem. This is one of our favorite places to recharge our batteries. 💞
It looks lovely! 😍
Glad to hear you had such a wonderful trip! 😊 And what a lovely poem! 💙
Thanks so much, Iris. It was wonderful and I appreciate your kind words about my poem too. So good to see you again! 💗🌻