January 3, 2010
Being the first ski trip of the season for many of us, this was like
a shake-down cruise. At the beginning of the trail, one of skiers
decided to stay at the downhill ski area to become better acquainted
with new gear. Shortly after starting out, we ran into what looked like
a three foot wide bobsled track that would be our trail for the next two
miles. It wasn’t icy, but it was hard-packed and challenging enough
that some of our skiers decided it would be easier to walk to Lower
Rosary Lake & back. They barely left any footprints on the trail!
The track improved as we gained elevation and neared the lake. We
stopped for lunch at the lake and two skiers took the opportunity to
venture on to North Rosary Lake, returning to meet the rest of us
before starting our return trip. The hard-packed snow softened a little
during the day so that our glide down was pleasant, but still very
fast. With varying levels of experience and ability, our group became
strung out on the trail, but hand-held radios helped us keep tabs on
everyone. A bonus for us was that the mostly-cloudy sky held off
dumping rain on us until we were back in our cars and heading home. Our
total time was four hours on the trail and four hours on the highway.
Thanks to Chris, Peggy, and Randy for helping out with driving. Skiers
were Wil Peron, Pam McClure, and Obsidians Charlie Van Deusen, Chris
Stockdale, Ed Lizewsky, Mary Hamilton, Randy Sinnott, Mari Baldwin,
Peggy Windle, Carol Petty, & Brian Hamilton (leader).