10. September 2012 · Comments Off on Pine Lakes – Eagle Cap’s · Categories: Around The Campfire, Horse Camping

Shoot from the hip and hope you don’t blow off a toe in the draw. That pretty much sums up my approach to most things in life. Excursions into the wilderness seldom veer from this philosophy. Toss in a five pound bag of potatoes and a pound of bacon and head for the mountains with my dog. This year would see a change in that methodology.

At least once a year I try to make an annual pilgrimage into the Eagle Cap Wilderness – specifically Pine Lakes. When a few members of the Squaw Butte Back Country Horseman expressed an interest in packing into the Eagle Caps, It was with conflicting emotions that I agreed to guide them in. Pine Lakes is filled with personal memories – mostly great, some sad and a few as spectacular as the lakes pristine azure waters. I don’t mind sharing in the good and even a few of the spectacular moments, but the poignant memories are my own and likely not to be understood by others. I assured myself that it would be alright. Any such emotional episode could remain privately concealed behind dark sunglasses.

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