As temperatures in Roseburg were inching closer to three digits, finding a place to cool off became a necessity.
My daughter asked for a place she could swim and a search began for a nearby lake in which to cool down.
Our last visit to Lake in the Woods revealed that it was not great for swimming, and Diamond Lake was a little too far for a quick getaway. The river was appealing, but as we drove by, it became clear that hoards of other people had the same thought and the river was bustling with activity.
I decided to go a little way out of town and drive east on Highway 138 toward Twin Lakes.
The lakes are hidden in the Umpqua National Forest and are about a 1.5-mile hike from the trailhead.
As I was driving on road 4770, which leads to the trailhead, a herd of deer scurried away from the car.
No one else was parked at the trailhead and as we stepped out of the car we were attacked by a scourge of mosquitoes. I bought insect repellent a few days earlier and opened the trunk to get ready to protect myself, but it wasn’t there.
I then checked the backseat, also no luck. At this point my daughter informed me she put the bug spray inside our house.
So with no way to protect ourselves from the bloodsucking insects we ventured to the lake.
The trail had been covered in snow just a few weeks ago, but now the wildflowers bloomed along a colorful trek up the mountain and to the lakes.
At the peak of the mountain, the forest was less dense and we were able to see for miles around us.
Unfortunately, anytime we stopped for more than a second, the mosquitoes would swarm around us like a second coming of the plagues of Egypt. So we decided to keep going and keep our stops to a minimum.
Soon, we could see the blue water of the lakes shimmer through the trees. We quickly changed into our bathing suits.
There was a dock, which had seen better days, but I sat on it and put my feet in the water. It was cold, but felt nice on this hot day.
My daughter walked into the water and splashed around for a little while before getting hungry.
The farther we traveled from the water, the more blood-thirsty insects we encountered, so as soon as we got dressed we grabbed our snacks and took a stroll around the lake.
Fish were splashing in the water and birds were making noise in the trees, probably feasting on the insects that were feasting on us.
We headed back to the car and back to Roseburg to get away from the mosquitoes, but it was nice to cool down in a remote spot and escape the summer heat for a few hours.