Erma Bell Lakes
June 16, 2001
Trip leaders, take heed! Don't rely on the non-wilderness status from you
last trip there in the 1980's! I did, but a very nice Ranger allowed me to
divide my group of 21 hikers into two groups, 10 minutes apart; Michelle
Tambellini kindly led the second group. I apologize for any embarrassment to the
Obsidians. other than that, we enjoyed a lovely, sunny 68\xb0-ish day and trial.
During lunch at the Lower Erma Bell, Nola Shurtleff tried out the water in
swimsuit and teevas, but the wet rocks were formidable. A dry rock caused a
swollen bruise for Mary Ann Holser when she fell after a picture taking session.
A cloth sling, a baggie of ice water from the lake and a cold pop reduced the
swelling on her forearm. Rhodies, bunchberries, anemones and sweet peas
beautified the trail. Two otters, a hawk, dragon flies and a llama entertained
us during lunch (llama courtesy of the Ranger). Mosquitoes not so entertaining!
Hikers were Melvina Bartels, Patty MacAfee, Sheila Ward, Lucile Adamson, Helen
Liguori, Margee Wright, Yuan Hopkins, Barbara Schomaker, Max Brown, Jim
Whitfield, Michelle Tambellini, Barbara Sutherland, Danielle Delaby, Nola
Shurtleff, Wendy Clark, Karen Jenkins, Carol Tomashek, Mary Ann & Tom Holser,
Bep Fontana and Joella Ewing, leader.