Gold Lake Shelter

February 21, 2009

After several snowshoe trips over the years, I felt the time was right for me to lead a trip. In my mind I envisioned all kinds of things that could go wrong: Like no one would sign up for the trip except myself. Or maybe I lead the group over a frozen stream and all of us sink up to our chest in cold water. The ultimate would be getting lost and have the mountain rescue team searching for us all night and finding us the next morning huddled together just a few blocks from highway 58. Just think, TV reports, newspaper articles, what a mess that would be.

Well none of those things happened. Instead, the six of us left Eugene promptly at 8 a.m. were shoed up and on the trail by 10 a.m. By 11:30 a.m. we were at Gold Lake Shelter. Pat made a fire, I lit a candle and we all sat down for a candlelight lunch. We decided to take the Marilyn Lakes trail on our return, and what a treat it was. The lakes were frozen over and surrounded by fresh snow, the clouds cleared and we were even blessed with a little sunshine. We reached our cars by 2 p.m. and really about the only excitement we had was the competition between Patís GPS and Janeís trail map. I felt the GPS was doing a great job until at the end of our 5.2 mile hike it read 50 plus miles? Janeís little trail map was right on, leading us around some rather tricky turns in the Marilyn Lakes area.

All in all it was a beautiful trip and a wonderful date with nature. I thank my elegant co-lead and map person Jan Allen, GPS man Pat Hutchins, historian Don Colgan and Suzanne Steussy who was just a gracious trooper. Charles Durham, leader.

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