Erma Bell Lakes

August 4, 2007

On a perfect August day, 12 hikers set out for Williams Lake via Erma Bell Lakes. After signing into the wilderness area and dousing ourselves with mosquito repellent we started hiking around 10:30 a.m. We stopped along the way to enjoy a couple of small waterfalls and a short side trip to Lower Erma Bell. We took another side trip to Middle Erma Bell and had a short rest stop there. From then on we hiked steadily until we reached the small but lovely Williams Lake. After lunch we continued on the loop trail, passing several meadows with a variety of wildflowers in bloom. We also passed some huckleberry bushes but unfortunately they were not ripe yet. When we got to Otter Lake we encountered the usual overflow from the lake that was flooding the trail. The water did not seem as deep as other years, so all hikers were able to cross with no mishaps and with boots that did not get too wet. We arrived back at our cars around 3:00 p.m. As we were driving down the gravel road toward Aufderheide Road Michelle noticed a person standing beside the road holding out a sign. We immediately recognized her as Mary Bridgeman, fellow Obsidian. When we stopped we saw that the sign said ‘Obsidian Hiking Group.’ Mary explained that she was camping in the general area and needed a ride back to town to re-supply for another week of camping. Still puzzled by this chance encounter, we asked why she happened to be standing there with the Obsidian sign. She explained she had read the Bulletin and saw the Erma Bell Hike scheduled for that day, so she knew we would be coming down that gravel road some time in the afternoon and she just waited for us, hoping to get a ride. The value of the Bulletin! So Mary got into our car and rode back with us as far as Goshen. The hikers included members: Daniele Delaby, Kathleen and Jim Floyd, Linda Hovey, Penny McAvoy, Barbara Schomaker, Carol Stout (application submitted), Michelle Tambellini, Susanne Twight-Alexander, non-members Susan Sanazaro and Carol Smartt. Leader Joanne Ledet.

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