On Friday the 22nd of April 2011, I drove to Eastern Washington after work to do a micro backpacking trip at Ancient Lake near Quincy. Ancient Lake is about 20 miles or so from the Gorge Amphitheater.
The trail itself is only a couple miles and its a good thing because I didn't arrive until almost sunset. I packed a couple duraflame logs in for a fire and my neighbors decided to join me since it was getting cold quickly. I used the darkness to practice some night photography of the stars. I see that I still need to work on my technique and figure out the best camera settings, but it wasn't all bad.
The temperature dropped from 60 degrees to around 34 degrees during the night. Cold but not unbearable. In the morning I quickly had breakfast and packed my gear and hiked out. I was back home by 2 PM on Saturday.
I hope to backpack Ancient Lake again this fall as a sponsored trip for the Peninsula Wilderness Club as a few members have expressed interest in staying a couple nights here. There is a nice little loop that can be done that is about 10 miles long and lots of neat little areas to explore. It is a pretty nice place to camp.