Mt. Yoran

October 1, 1977

     Have you ever hiked on the first sunny
warm day after a week of rain? We did!
     Have you ever seen really fresh bear
tracks in the snow? We did!
     Have you ever had three elegant lunch
stops? We did!
     Have you ever sat beside an alpine
lake and watched a frozen deer? We did!

After a week of rain, the Indian summer day was a delight for our hike to Divide Lakes and our climb of Mt. Yoran. New snow on Diamond Peak was dazzlingly bright in the sun. The fresh snow also recorded the movements of deer, elk, bear, and a host of small animals.

Our “elegant” lunch stops in the warm sun were beside the second Divide Lake; on top of Mt. Yoran; and beside the third lake, highest in this drainage. There an unusual drama unfolded before our unbelieving eyes. Soon after starting to munch our lunch, Carol Easton pointed out that a deer was across the lake—or was it a deer? Since there was no movement, could it be a rock formation against the snow that resembled a deer—or was it an elk? After much discussion Merle Traudt started around the lake one way and Lois Schreiner the other way. When they were half way the deer turned its head slightly as if to observe them. Some minutes later she knew she had been seen and bounded away, full of life and spring, up the draw and over the ridge. The deer had remained in her “frozen position” for at least ten minutes—a smart “move” for the opening day of hunting season!

Autumn hikers were Carol Easton, Wilbur Groner, Doug Heumann, Helen Hughes, Catherine Jones, Clarence Landes, Bonnie Ledford, Lois Schreiner, Connie and Millard Thomas, Merle Traudt, and leader Margaret Wiese.

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