Bear Lake is a recreational destination about 40 miles, or 70 km northeast of Logan that we'd been thinking about taking a little road trip to check out, preferably before the cooler weather arrived, so today was the day.
Big in size (32km long, 12 km across), Bear Lake lies in both the state of Idaho and Utah. Not unlike some of the Canadian Rocky Mountain lakes, it is a pristine turquoise blue colour due to the reflection of limestone deposits in the water. The road out to Bear Lake is a winding secondary highway that climbs through a steep canyon (Logan Canyon - which we live at the mouth of), all the way up to a higher plateaued landscape that feels very exposed after cruising through the canyon riverbottom.
We found ourselves a semi-secluded beach on the east shore of the lake to set up a blanket and our picnic lunch. Isla and Robin played on the big rocks along the shore until the weather turned too windy to enjoy anymore beach time so we packed up and were off to the local hotdog stand for a milkshake.
On the way home we cruised into the parking lot of the local ski hill, Beaver Mountain. From what I could tell the terrain was mostly green-blue type runs, a great place for Isla to learn to ski.
We got home early afternoon just as the weather took a turn for the worse and we watched the big dark clouds swell and open up from the safety of our livingroom picture window. This is the first rain we've seen since arriving, and after talking with some locals, this is the first real rain they've seen all summer. And it's a downpour type rain, not quite like what is happening along the Louisiana coastline at the moment with Hurricane Gustav, but enough rain and wind to stay indoors huddled on the couch and listen to the thunder roll in.
It really is incredible to think that 2 million people have been evacuated from the New Orleans area, especially with the devastation that Hurricane Katrina wreaked on these people still so fresh in their memories. As I cuddle my kids and put them to sleep tonight, I can't help but think of all the mommies and daddies in the southern part of this country, and hope they have found a safe place to lay their children down to sleep for the night.