Fantastic Trees and Where to Find Them: Diablo Lake, Washington

"The journey, not the destination matters..." T.S. Elliot

It's almost impossible to look up travel quotes and not see the above quote, or one similar to it. With some though on the quote, I've come to the realization that I both wholehearted agree and wholeheartedly disagree with it. On the one hand, I agree that we should not be so focused on the destination that we miss out on experiencing the journey. In fact, that is one reason I love road trips. I adore seeing the in-between places and the spots nearly no one knows about that happen to be a mile or a few blocks away from somewhere more famous. 

On the flip side though, I disagree. Destinations, and reaching them are important and wonderful. Reaching a destination can be exhilarating, and it can give you a sense of accomplishing something that you set out to do. If you embark on a road trip to visit a specific location, then arriving at that location will be more rewarding than if you did not make it to where you were going. There is also immense joy in randomly seeing places you have been in photographs or videos and knowing you've been there! That you've stood in front of that waterfall or wandered along that beach or toured that historic building!

All of that rambling to point out that this tree was found on the journey. Diablo Lake is known for having turquoise water and a rather famous overlook. I wasn't exactly sure where that overlook was, so I took the first road that led me to the lake. Instead of the grand overlook, it ended up being a lakeside road, and I caught this view out of the corner of my eye. There was a lot of haze in the air from all of the wildfires, and this is essentially the other side of the lake from the famous viewpoint, but being able to enjoy the journey instead of just focusing on the destination meant that I was able to see and photograph this fantastic tree that is determined to grow on a tiny rock island in a lake.