Seventeen Obsidians journeyed 400 miles to Eightmile Campground on the Icicle River near Leavenworth, WA for a late summer Extended Trip. We camped for four nights and had three full days for hiking either in the adjacent Alpine Lakes Wilderness or in the area surrounding Stevens Pass, about 40 miles from our camp.
Two or three moderate to difficult hikes went out every day to a number of beautiful lakes in the area. Colchuck and Stuart Lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and Lake Valhalla on the Pacific Crest Trail near Stevens Pass were some of the favorites. At the end of a good day of hiking, Jim Whitfield’s newly constructed solar shower units proved to be a big hit. Happy hour each evening was popular as usual, and for dinner, three different groups of campers collaborated to provide tasty and plentiful meals for the first three nights.
On the fourth night, most of us traveled into Leavenworth to soak up the Bavarian atmosphere that the town is famous for, and for dinner, drinks and singing to the music of an accordionist dressed in lederhosen at a Bavarian restaurant, King Ludwig’s. Later in the evening, many attended a performance of The Sound of Music, staged in a beautiful outdoor setting with the mountains as a backdrop. The reviews by those who attended were uniformly positive.
The weather was perfect, the campsite was accommodating, and our friendly and congenial group made for a wonderful trip to a very beautiful area.Members: Dan Christensen, Jim Duncan, Sharon Duncan, Nola Nelson, Nancy Whitfield, Helen Martz, Jim Whitfield, Anne Bonine, Frank Lulich, Chris Stockdale, Valerie Metcalfe, Mary Livingston, Jack O'Donnell, Keiko Bryan, Bea Fontana, Randy Sinnott, Jorry Rolfe.
Colchuck Lake with Aasgard Pass on the left of the peak—photo by Chris Stockdale
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