Erma Bell Lakes

July 6-7, 1974

No one signed up for this trip, so I decided to take my 7 year old boy, Mark. My oldest boy was sick with an infection.

We left Springfield at 10:45 a.m. and arrived at the trailhead at 1 p.m. We started hiking at 1:25 and arrived at the Lower Erma Bell Lake at 2:15. We found a nice spot and set up our tent and put everything in order. We then hiked up to the other Erma Bell to see what they looked like. After that we came back and went fishing. We had dinner around 6 and then went fishing again but no luck fishing from the bank. Those that fished in the lake from a rubber boat were catching fish. 7:30 we built a small fire and played cards until going to bed at 9 p.m.

We arose at 8:30 Sunday and had breakfast and then put out things back is the packsacks. Took the tent down, etc., and got everything packed. We then fished some more, but no luck. We left for the car at 11:35 and arrived there at 12:17. We left for home at 3 p.m. As to things we saw: six horses and riders; six motorcycles at Lower Erma Bell; a ten speed bike chained to a tree at Lower Erma Bell; nice 12 inch trout that got away and a couple chipmunks. We had beautiful weather and a good time. A father-son relationship like this is very healthy. David Zevenbergen

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