Midnight Lake

February 6, 1988

Speed seemed to be the order of the day, as well as perfect weather and good snow conditions. After an early arrival at the parking lot, our group of seven took off at flank speed. The leader felt lucky to be able to hang on to third place. Anne and Ken, the front runners, must have pigged out on T0TAL for breakfast? We finally did re-group when Anne spotted Fuji Mt. Shelter and stopped to point it out. Another 20 minutes of uphill skiing brought us to Midnight Lake — and it wasn’t even 11 a.m. But we ate lunch anyway. Afterwards, fully revitalized, everyone took turns zipping down a steep 100-ft. descent with along run out onto the lake. All this called for much good natured whooping and hollering that was further enhanced by multiple echoes from the surrounding hills. On the return trip, 5 of us opted to try the new Bechtel Creek Bypass Trail. The two skiers who stuck with the road had a continuous, reasonably satisfying downhill run, but the bypass lumps all the remaining downhill into the first quarter mile, therefore, some thrills and chills plus a lot of near spills. However, aside from testing your skill level, the Bechtel Creek Trail leads you through a beautiful area, and it is a real credit to whomever chose the routing. Enjoying the outing were Norm Benton, Leona Devine, Anne Montgomery, Royal Murdock, Leslie Proffit, Ken Zimmerman and Bob Devine (leader).

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