Clear Lake's natural beauty has long appealed to people who want to tour the entire shoreline of this ancient water body. From rolling hills to marshes to deer-filled outcroppings where eagles fly to a inactive, but not dormant, volcano a trip around Clear Lake is quite an adventure. And Carl Porter did it all on foot!
Carl set out to see Clear Lake with his own eyes and see it up close and first-hand by walking the entire distance around the Lake. As part of his journey Carl spent a night with us and another with the fine folks over at Vista del Lago in Clearlake.
Setting out from his home, Carl began his journey by walking around the top of the Lake past Kelseyville through Soda Bay and down to the city of Clearlake.
The roads along Soda Bay have majestic views of the lake itself with beautiful panoramas of Jago bay and the top half of Clear Lake. Even if you’re behind the wheel of a car or on a bike these views are great but they’re even better when you’re taking the time to breathe the clean air and walk your way around the Lake.
The top part of the Lake is not as heavily populated so there are some pretty grand vistas.
UPS takes good care of us up here and as Carl left Lakeport for his journey he saw the UPS driver. He ran into him several more times along the journey and finally the driver stopped and chatted a bit with Carl. “He sees everything out there!” said Carl.
Carl’s journey went onward through the lower portion of the Lake and along past Anderson Marsh, which was a state park that several local visionaries convinced the state that they could manage better than the state can. They are right and Anderson Marsh is a beautiful place to see nature, do some kayaking or just enjoy the peace of a natural setting. We’re very fortunate with the people who make up the residents of Lake County.
The journey took Carl three days and the first leg ended in the city of Clearlake at Vista del Lago, a vintage resort that owners have restored to its original beauty. Those looking for a great deal in a place with a beautiful setting would do well to book some away time here and Carl was very pleased with his room there.
For those who think that Carl is used to this kind of journey, this isn’t something he’s done before. The long walk is his first major journey of this length and he reported that his feet definitely felt the journey. But it was all worthwhile.
The natural beauty that is Clear Lake extends to the wild life here where he saw an eagle enjoying a gourmet dinner of freshly-caught squirrel. There were plenty of deer on Windflower point where Carl also was able to see both the upper and lower leg of the lake.
“I’ve lived here since 1973 and never been out on Windflower point.”
Detouring out to Windflower point meant that Carl’s journey put about as many miles on his pedometer the second day as the first so Carl didn’t check in to the Featherbed Railroad until just after dark, which meant he got to enjoy a spectacular stroll while witnessing a beautiful North Shore sunset.
The night at the Featherbed Railroad meant Carl got a nice clawfoot soaking tub which, we imagine, was a welcome rest after two days of walking. While the third day didn’t promise as many miles logged on his shoes, walking back to Lakeport did include a walk along Rodman Slough and more time along beautiful Lakeshore Blvd. with water on one side and nature on the other.
If the idea of walking, driving or riding all the way around the Lake sounds like fun Carl will back you up on this. There are some incredible vistas, fun people and great experiences. You can bring your shoes, your convertible or whatever means you want but your sense of adventure and love of nature will be your best allies on the journey.
We hope to see you on your ‘round the lake trip where you can meet some great people and see nature in action. As always, it would be a real pleasure to be part of your vacation story.
Written by Anthony B. Barthel
A blog about happenings in Lake County.