Today found Maggie and I heading up a trail to Mirror Lake for Monday Fun Day. Fall has come here to Oregon and though it did clear up and turn out to be a bright and sunny day, the morning was full of mist and fog.
We were the first at the trailhead, about an hour from Portland. Mirror Lake is a popular destination: close to Portland, easy 3-mile loop, trailhead right off the highway. We hadn't been there before, probably because most descriptions include "great family spot", "crowded on weekends" and "favorite swimming spot", all of which indicates this place draws a pretty big crowd in the summer. But since the kiddos are back in school and it was a cool Monday morning, I figured the trail would be pretty empty. We didn't see a single person until we were halfway back down.
We crossed some rocks.
And some bridges.
Maggie did great checking back in with me.
We got pretty soggy walking around the marsh surrounding one side of the lake.
And Maggie got to swim and fetch. She says this was the best part.