Saturday February 9th. April and I awoke dang early to a chilly morning, 37F/3C. (Can’t complain after seeing the 3 feet of snow they got Back East.) We had a good, filling breakfast at Paradox Cafe. Then off to our main destination: the cabins at Battle Ground Lake State Park.
Cycle Wild had two trips to Battle Ground Lake in 2012, once in February (cabins), and once in August (tents.) These last two accounts go into good detail about Battle Ground Lake, so you should read those first in case you haven’t yet already.
Anyways, what were the differences with this trip? Well, this time we rented all four cabins at Battle Ground Lake, meaning a total of twenty people could fit. And we had twenty, plus two extra who braved the cold temps (highs in the mid-40s F or 7C, low around freezing. Compare this temp to our August trip, when the high was 102F/39C.) We met at Cascades MAX station by the airport and departed around 10:45 AM on Saturday morning.
No major issues on the 25 mile (40 km) ride to the park, beside a flat on the I-205 bridge. But with 22 riders, the odds are good that someone would get a flat. We had a supermarket and lunch stop around noon, and reached the campground around 3 pm. Everyone settled into their cabins, board games got pulled out, firewood stacked for the evening blaze. Most everyone took a good walk around the lake, as did April and myself. We managed to spot an otter in the water, and a bald eagle attempting to fish. (Even though I did bring binoculars, I forgot them back in the cabin.) During the dark hours, folks alternated between playing games in the cabins or hanging out by the fire.
Morning came, and people slowly awoke. Food got made and things packed up. We departed around noon, and most of us took lunch at Laurelwood Brewery in Battle Ground. Most of the group got back to the Cascades MAX station around 4 pm and went their separate ways home.
For more photos, go here.