Mt. Fuji

July 24, 1977

Our party of 13 left the parking area at 8:45 a.m. for Mt. Fuji. The day promised to be hot. Arrived at trailhead at 11:00 a.m. after leaving Clarence Landes’s truck at the end of the hike on Waldo Road. The hike up Mt. Fuji was warm and pleasant except for some mosquitoes. Arrived at the summit at 12:30 p.m. Had lunch and took pictures. The view was fantastic with some cumulus building in a blue sky. At 1:30 we started down, taking the trail to the Waldo Lake Road. Round trip was 8½ miles. It was rumored that there were some mosquitoes; at least the women who had been calling for breaks going up suddenly developed endurance and speed and beat the men out of the woods. Near the end of the hike an old-fashioned thunder and lightning storm developed followed by a hailstorm pelting us with quarter, maybe half-dollar size hailstones; then a downpour of rain. Dorothy Turner looked charming in her garbage bag with head and arm holes which she claimed was her survival gear.

On the truck shuttle back to the trail head, Parker Riddle, Ralph Nafziger and Wilbur Groner were bundled with the females under the tarp in the back of Clarence’s truck. There are no reliable reports of any untoward occurrences. Saw a herd of elk near the trailhead. Arrived back at the trailhead at 4:30 p.m. wet, tired and somewhat chewed by mosquitoes.

The happy hikers were: Helen Gerstmann, Wilbur Groner, Clarence Landes, Ralph Nafziger, Parker Riddle, Edith Rolston, Karen Seidel, Dorothy Turner, Cindy, Lori and Mike Wright, and leaders Connie and Millard Thomas.

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