Gold/Marilyn Lakes Loop

November 28, 1998

They said it wouldn’t be done in November! We and the weather proved them mistaken. Fourteen brave and adventurous souls met before 8:00 for the first winter trip of the season. As we waited to get started, we began to share our limited collective experience on snowshoes, but this only added to the anticipation of a great outing. We left in three vehicles and arrived at the Oakridge Rest Area to find the clouds parting to reveal deep blue sky and sun. We continued our journey and drove into the most glorious sunshine and snow. After many of us struggled to get the shoes on correctly and cinched up tight enough we left the parking lot. We chose a beginner area for practice and began the trip into Gold Lake. At the beginning some walked out of their shoes or tripped but once we got the hang of walking a little bit wide legged, it went well. We decided if one can walk one can snowshoe. We stopped at the Gold Lake Shelter for lunch and to enjoy the warm fire that Dave Becker built. After a leisurely lunch, feeding the Camp Robbers and taking photos, off we went for a view of the lake and then onto the Marilyn Loop. Once into the loop Peggy Lee stopped, turned to Sharon and asked: “Where is my pack?” Of course, Sharon had not a clue, so Peggy and I went back to find it where she had left it in the shelter. We caught up with the group and stopped for a spectacular view of frozen Marilyn Lake and pristine Diamond Peak glistening in the brilliant sunlight. We marveled at the beauty of nature. Our final climb back to the Gold Lake road was on icy snow and much debris from the recent wind storm. Everyone was thankful we were on snowshoes and not skis. We reached the road and the remainder of the trip was downhill to Hwy. 58 and the SnoPark. This truly was a wonderful and relaxing outing. Five of the group had not been on snowshoes, before but agreed there would be many more outings. We all agreed that people who hike five to six miles with a bit of elevation gain would do well to try. We now will have more to enjoy in the winter months. I especially want to thank Dave, George and Sharon for their help in making this a memorable day. This was a very energetic and fun-loving group and I thank each of them for coming. Snowshoers were George Baitinger, Dave Becker, Max Brown, Barbara Bruns, Tom Cantwell, Ruthie Kanagy, Ellen & Lynn Leinbach, Peggy Lee Mathes, Lucy & Karen Rayle, Sharon Ritchie, Lowell Thomas and Gerry Roe (leader).

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