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Incredible Lakes to See this Summer

52 Week Adventure Challenge

06.12.17

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  • Disappearing Lake.- Incredible Lakes to See this Summer
  • Lake Cushman, The Big Rock cliff-jumping spot.- Incredible Lakes to See this Summer
  • Tim Agnew takes the plunge into Rowland Lake.- Incredible Lakes to See this Summer
  • A seaplane taking off Lake Union with a downtown Seattle backdrop.- Incredible Lakes to See this Summer
  • The view of Inspiration Lake and Prusik Peak while decending down into the Lower Enchantments.- Incredible Lakes to See this Summer
  • Sparks Lake becomes quite still in the early morning and late evening hours.- Incredible Lakes to See this Summer
  • A vibrant sunset over still waters at the end of an adventurous day canoeing on Trillium Lake.- Incredible Lakes to See this Summer
  • Fishing from the shore on Lake Sabrina.- Incredible Lakes to See this Summer
  • Morning glass across Emerald Bay.- Incredible Lakes to See this Summer
  • Morning at Swiftcurrent Lake.- Incredible Lakes to See this Summer
  • Lake McDonald.- Incredible Lakes to See this Summer
  • Light plays on the shoulders of the Maroon Bells near Crater Lake.- Incredible Lakes to See this Summer
  • Boyd Lake Swim Beach, Boyd Lake State Park.- Incredible Lakes to See this Summer
  • Sylvan Lake is wonderful for kayaks and canoes. Boat rentals are available.- Incredible Lakes to See this Summer
  • Island Lake.- Incredible Lakes to See this Summer
  • Sunset....on Sunset Lake.- Incredible Lakes to See this Summer
  • Taking the drop from the rope swing at Bloods Lake.- Incredible Lakes to See this Summer
  • Naturalist Basin and its many lakes from Mount Aggassiz summit. - Incredible Lakes to See this Summer
  • Willow Lake is a great place to spot wildlife if you are patient.- Incredible Lakes to See this Summer
  • The Sea Lion on Lake Superior.- Incredible Lakes to See this Summer
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For this week’s installment of the #52WeekAdventureChallenge, we come to the humble lake, whose various incarnations give rise to a stunning array of scenic beauty: mountain tarns of the West set high in alpine valleys, long, sinuous reservoirs, and forest ponds that Thoreau likened to eyes, “looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.” Just don’t stare at it for too long.

Lakes, whether natural or artificial, are one of a handful of geographical features that can be found across the country, and people from all regions use them as centers of recreation. We gather there throughout the year to relax and play, and the water provides a bounty of opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast—whether fishing from the shore, paddling out into the waters, swimming, hiking, or boating. They are critical to the function of life, serving as freshwater reservoirs for our cities, a refuge for wildlife, and critical layovers for the migratory birds that make it their temporary home.

So strong is the pull of these beautiful places that imminent disaster isn’t enough to keep those who love them away. “Spirit Lake and Mount St. Helens are my life,” said Harry R. Truman, who lived alongside the lake with his 16 cats in May of 1980. “You couldn’t pull me out with a mule team." During the state of emergency before the eruption of the volcano, Truman refused to leave, and he perished on the shores of the lake that he loved.

Love these places, visit them, swim in their waters this summer—whatever you do, celebrate them with us. Here are a few ways for you to jump in.

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#52AdventureChallenge

We believe good things come from people spending time outside. We strive to provide inspiration and supporting information on incredible adventures to make it easy for you to get outdoors and explore new places. We understand that life is busy, but we strongly encourage you to make time for outdoor recreation on a weekly, if not daily, basis. To keep you inspired all year, we've put together a list of 52 geologic features and adventure themes. Check them out and join us in our #52AdventureChallenge!

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