I have a confession to make. I don't really like summer. Not only is it too hot for long hikes and spending time outdoors in general, it's also the season of rattlesnakes, wildfires, and heatwaves . So when it gets into the 100's in the valleys where we live, a drive up to higher altitudes is always a welcome retreat. A few weekends ago, we did just that, joining some friends for a little camping trip in the San Gorgonio mountains. When the hike we had planned was closed due to a forest fire, we decided to explore a nearby body of water on our map, which turned out to be Jenks Lake, a picturesque little spot for picnicking, fishing, canoeing and kayaking.
According to interweb folklore, some have claimed sightings of a lone alligator that inhabits the lake. We put Hoku out on the rocks as bait to lure it out, but no luck. (Kidding.) Here are some snapshots from our trip!