Smoke rose straight up from our morning campfire - a small fire, just enough to create a tiny microclimate of drier, warmer air around the fire ring.

In the next campsite, a somewhat larger fire had been built and a similar scene played out up and down the lakeshore, if you can call it that. Hosmer Lake, a dumbbell-shaped body of water in the Cascade Lakes area southwest of Bend, Ore., has a broad, marshy shoreline of reeds and grasses with a steady flow of four to five inches of water beneath them.

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