|The tranquil glacial turquoise water of Lake Twenty-Two. Lainey Piland photo|
"Let the most absent-minded of men be plunged in his deepest reveries—stand that man on his legs, set his feet a-going, and he will infallibly lead you to water, if water there be in all that region. Should you ever be athirst in the great American desert, try this experiment, if your caravan happen to be supplied with a metaphysical professor. Yes, as every one knows, meditation and water are wedded for ever."
~Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Whether it's an intentional search for tranquility that leads our feet to the lakeshore, or whether our busy minds are unexpectedly drawn into quiet reflection when we happen upon the ever-changing surface smooth as glass one moment and mesmerisingly rippled the next, there's no denying the powerful serenity to be found in those waters.
Take a look at The Wilderness Society's 30 Prettiest Lakes in Wildlands below and imagine yourself standing on those peaceful wild shorelines:
Take solace in one of the 30 prettiest lakes in our wildlands https://t.co/qYReo6p5BM pic.twitter.com/Yxny9rjQkG— Wilderness Society (@Wilderness) October 5, 2016
There are a few lakes from Washington state included in the list! How many of these have you visited?