September 8-10, 2000
With Rich Anselmo’s prediction of 1½ days of rain at Jeff Park
and advice to head southeast, and Rick Ahrens’ suggestion that we try
the Mountain Lakes Wilderness below Crater Lake, the telephone lines burned
and the next day we departed. True to prediction, the trip in was sunny with a good
breeze to keep us cool. We set up camp at Harriet Lake, considered the “jewel”
of the Wilderness. That evening the “breezes” increased enough to send
us to our tents early, although they stopped around 11. Later it got very cold
and we were greeted by frost on the tents and ground and ice in the water on
Saturday morning, but blue skies and warm sun soon took care of that problem.
We took a leisurely stroll on the 8-mile loop around this small Wilderness.
We saw Klamath Lake and many small lakes near the trail (Eb and Zeb, for example).
John, Jan, Anne and Rick took a side trip up an unnamed rocky butte for a view of
Lake of the Woods, Mts. Shasta and McLoughlin. Back at camp, people took advantage
of the beautiful lake from soaking tired feet to swimming. After dinner that night
we enjoyed a small fire in the firepit. Fortunately, the night was warm so everyone
got a good night’s rest. The next morning after breakfast we packed up and went
home by way of Crater Lake, stopping at the many scenic overlooks.
Many, many thanks to everyone for going on the adventure, the great conversation
and the many laughs. Members were Rick Ahrens, Lana Lindstrom, Anne Dhu McLucas,
John & Jan Jacobsen and Janet Towar. Non-member: Jim Peterson. Leader of this group?
Never! Rather: Logistics Coordinator: Sharon Ritchie.
[P.S. - Rich reported later that it snowed at Jeff Park Friday night!]