Erma Bell/Williams’ Lakes Loop
September 25, 2002
It’s always a woodsy renewal of the spirit to take the
Erma Bell/Williams’ Lake Loop Trail in the fall.
The air’s a little crisp, the sun’s not so direct,
and the creatures are out in Otter Lake, the last of five lakes
to visit on this supposedly peaceful hike.
Some in the group chose to get back to their cars and Snicker bars
without a final sidestep, other more adventurous sorts decided to
scout Otter lake for its namesake.
Now if an otter swims with his head up and tail up at the same time
(kind of an upside down backbend), without showing his body, we saw
him, but I suspect we were witnessing a creature from the marshy
depths who attempted to terrorize us with his persistent gaze
and erratic paddling.
Some say it was a salamander; others know the truth.
All made it back to the cars.
Enjoying the day’s hike and a little fun were
Marshall Kandell, Bonnie Manheim, Ann-Marie Askew, Joe Neal,
Sheila Ward, John Hudson, Sharon Thomas, Giselle Garrity, Elliot Aronin,
guests Bill Simington and Joy Smith and trip leaders Jim and Melody Clarkson.