Kudos to Leah for being a willing driver! We were able to take two cars for the long drive to the trailhead. Perfection conditions: the temperature was ideal (70s), the cloud covering mixed, an early start (10:00) and a fun crew. The first couple of miles we were in the recovering burned area with trees looking like silver poles and bushes (manzanita?) reaching heights of 6 feet. In no time, we reached the first lake - Cabot Lake - where a few fish jumped and salamanders swam. Then we entered the non-burned area with plenty of hemlock, fir, etc. We reached Carl Lake just in time for lunch. Lisa and Andy were brave enough to swim - reporting the water was fine! We met two backpackers who had experienced "three inches of rain in an hour" the night before!. The rumble of thunder and potential lightening urged us to move along. Before heading back down the trail, we hiked a 1/4 mile to reach Shirley Lake. Another beautiful, colorful lake which was worth the extra effort. With a steady pace back to the cars we were able to beat any rain and/or lightening. The rain did come on the drive home with some remnants of sleet on the side of the road. We arrived safely in Eugene at approximately 6:00 p.m. A fun day!Members: Laurie Funkhouser, Lisa Grissell, Tom Giesen, Dan Christensen, Frank Lulich, Andrew McIvor. Nonmembers: Chris Shaffner, David Hawkins, Don Orton, Leah Fischer.
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