Salem Lake in the winter

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Jesse and Cassidy on the bike trail

We drove over to Salem Lake again today - having seen it in summer and fall, we figured we shouldn't miss winter!  Plus, the weather was sooo nice today!  Sunny and cool, but not freezing.

We headed the "other direction" from what we've done the past few times, going backwards along the trail.  First we ended up on the bike trail which was nicely paved, but narrow and had pretty much a steady stream of bikers (of all the nerve).  :)  Cassidy went wild with each passing person - she's just so friendly!  We spent most of our walk teaching her to pay attention to us rather than others, and by the end of an hour or so she was walking fine even with the bikers whizzing past. 

Eventually we passed a dam that I didn't know existed.

By the dam
  We took the paved path toward "the gorge" and, although a nice path, we were quite disappointed in the gorge itself.. haha.  Not much of one at all, but I don't know what we expected.  We passed a golf course that was really pretty and made our way down toward the stream a couple of times on the right.  Cassidy absolutely LOVES crashing through the underbrush... if only her recall was a little more reliable off leash I'd be happy to let her romp through the woods!

Once we reached our starting point at the "gorge" sign, we decided to walk a little along the lake since that's why we came anyway.  Much more of a view afforded during winter since all the leaves are on the ground and not blocking your vision!  The lake was very still and beautiful, and that half of the trail was, I think, less travelled than the beginning half, which was nice.

We crossed a pretty little bridge before heading back to the car.  Craving baked goods we stopped at Krispy Kreme on the way home, but alas, the HOT sign was not lit.  We forced ourselves, of course, to order donuts anyway and ate some on the way home.  :)

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Jesse and Cassidy on the bike trail
Jesse and Cassidy on the bike trail
By the dam
By the dam
Dam at Salem Lake
Dam at Salem Lake
Pretty water near the gorge
Pretty water near the "gorge"
This was actually pretty in person…
This was actually pretty in perso…
The gorge in all its glory  :)
The "gorge" in all its glory :)
Gorge water
Gorge water
More water views
More water views
Cassidy doing what she does best -…
Cassidy doing what she does best …
Golf course
Golf course
Golf course view
Golf course view
Waiting for me  :)
Waiting for me :)
Cassidy
Cassidy
Cassidy
Cassidy
Paying attention to Jesse - a good…
Paying attention to Jesse - a goo…
Salem Lake in February
Salem Lake in February
Jess and Cassidy by the lake
Jess and Cassidy by the lake
Looking toward the bridge
Looking toward the bridge
Crossing the bridge
Crossing the bridge
Cassidy
Cassidy
Rail bridge over Salem Lake
Rail bridge over Salem Lake
Headed back to the car
Headed back to the car
Cassidy and me!
Cassidy and me!
My cute puppy
My cute puppy
A gull rooftop party  :)
A gull rooftop party :)
Gulls having a party on the end of…
Gulls having a party on the end o…
Jess and Cassidy in front of the l…
Jess and Cassidy in front of the …
Sailboats at Salem Lake
Sailboats at Salem Lake
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