Swampy Lakes

March 14, 1987

We left in pouring rain from Eugene which turned into wet snow on the pass. Thankful that we didn’t need chains for the whole trip to Swampy Lakes trail, we met Pete Cecil at the trailhead at 10:30 a.m. Pete knows the area well and offered to show us an interesting tour away from the crowd. He led us and waited a long time while the rest of us scraped piles of snow from the bottom of our skis and applied paraffin for smoother climbing. The snow was wet but a thick base made for fine skiing, even though the day was too cloudy for the fine views that would be available on a sunny day. We passed the shelter which was crowded with lunching skiers warming themselves at a fire and went on to a secluded spot for a private lunch by the lake, not even bothered by camp robbers. We arrived back at the trailhead at 3 p.m. or so, sorry that the expedition was already over. The skiers thank Pete Cecil for breaking trail and taking over leadership of the trip to give us all an interesting and exhilarating day. Members of the group were Jerry Crosby, Laura and Sue Girardeau, Mark Sigel, Pete Cecil and leader, Marv Girardeau.

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