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Lost Lake

Lost Lake

This is the real Lost Lake in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.

There is also a Lost Lake in fictional Bandit Creek. Here’s what the Bandit Creek Bible says about the lake:

Lost Lake covers the Old Town and there are many rumors and stories generated about the waters. Some say there is something in the lake . . . perhaps a creature, although there is no proof of such. Others say the lake is bottomless in some areas. This could be the flooded mine shafts.

Divers come from all over the world to enter Lost Lake and Old Town that lies at the bottom. Both residents and tourists have drowned or disappeared in the lake throughout its history.

Ghost Lake, Alberta, CanadaGhost Lake, Alberta, Canada

This is a real lake in Alberta, Canada. It’s called Ghost Lake. (This would also have been a good name for Lost Lake, Bandit Creek.)

In THE GHOST AND CHRISTIE MCFEE, my heroine spends some time diving in Lost Lake. I decided to give Bandit Creek’s Lost Lake the same characteristics as Ghost Lake in Alberta.

Ghost Lake, Alberta, CanadaGhost Lake, Alberta, Canada

The water is cool. 16 to 18 degrees Celsius (60.8 F – 64.4 Fahrenheit)
Surface elevation = 3898 feet
Average depth = 48 feet
Maximum depth (that we know about ) = 112 feet

If you are a writer, do you choose real places for your settings and then modify them?
If you are a reader, do you like to know how a setting came to be?

 

Whistler

Whistler

Having a “cool” time in Whistler, meaning the temperatures are lower than usual, like 18 to 20 degrees and overcast.

Yesterday we did the tourist thing and wandered around the Village. 

The Crankworx festival is on, showcasing the best of the free ride mountain biking athletes. 

At one of the displays we learned about GoalZero, a new solar panel technology for backpackers. Apparently some backpackers like taking cell phones into the wilds . . . and laptops and who knows what else. (I think it defeats the purpose of escaping to the wilderness.) Yesterday, even with the overcast, the panels were running at 70% efficiency, easily powering the demo televisions. This makes an excellent case for Wearing Sunscreen on a cloudy day.

I have my laptop on this trip, of course, and Have Laptop Will Write. I plug into conventional power early each morning and manage at least a page before the vacation resumes. I could write for an entire vacation, but Rolf would object. You know how non-writers are.

Today we hike the Cheakamus Lake Trail in Garibaldi Provincial Park, just south of Whistler. It’s an easy trail following the Cheakamus River and then Cheakamus Lake. We’ll have lunch by the turquoise coloured lake and enjoy the view of the snow capped mountains surrounding the lake.

Life is good :o)