Gold Lake via Marilyn Lake

December 11, 2005

With the temperature hovering at 25 degrees, the spirited group of 13 snowshoers left South Eugene High School shortly after 8:00 a.m. Arrived at the Gold Lake parking lot shortly after 10:00 a.m. to blue skies and 37 degrees. Glen Svendsen connected with the group at Gold Lake bringing the total to 14 participants. Received greetings and a report on conditions from Wayne Deeter then departed. Headed up Gold Lake road for a short distance then turned off to weave thru the trees with boughs loaded with snow and icy spots underneath them, otherwise the snow was perfect (light and fluffy), to catch the first pristine glimpse of Upper Marilyn Lake. Reached the Gold Lake Shelter shortly after Noon to lunch and soak up the sunshine. Took a short jaunt up Salt Creek to view Gold Lake. With the sun starting to set and the temperature dropping, we headed up Gold Lake trail for the return trip. Thanks to all of the participants for a great first excursion for the season.

Members: Ann Bonine, Barbara Bruns, Walt Dolliver, Pat Esch, Laurie Funkhouser, Stewart Hoeg, Martin Holland-Bak, Bob Huntley, Daphne James, Sharon Ritchie and Nancy Whitfield.

Nonmembers: Robin Forster, Kristen Higgins and Glen Svendsen.


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