Big Lake Ski/Snowshoe Trip

Wednesday–Friday, March 30–April 1, 2011
Leader: Lana Lindstrom
Ext Trp: 7 miles, 50 ft (Easy)

Big Lake is a youth camp during the summer, but in the winter, various groups can stay in their facilities. There are two separate reports for this overnight trip: 1) the trip to/from of the facility on March 30 and April 1; and 2) the skiing and snowshoeing which occurred on March 31. In addition, a summary article was written for the April Bulletin.

Fifteen adventurers skied or snowshoed to Big Lake on Santiam Pass on Wednesday, March 30 - a journey of about 3 miles via the road. A snowcat carried our gear to the Lodge. It was misting slightly, so we had a leisurely lunch inside the lodge and then about 2:30PM, ventured out for a short excursion. After a fabulous dinner of salmon baked with peppers, onions, carrots, and asparagus, we enjoyed scrumptious chocolate cookies. Games, reading, and conversation ended the day.

April 1 dawned sunny and clear, albeit fairly warm. After breakfast, we cleaned the lodge and then skied or snowshoed back to Ray Benson Snow Park where we collected our gear from the snowcat. The snow was hard packed enough that several folks hiked out.

Members: Lana Lindstrom, Richard Hughes, Chris Stockdale, Helen Martz, Jim Whitfield, Patricia Mac Afee, Charlie Van Deusen, Patricia Esch, Chris Shuraleff, Judy Newman, Sue Meyers, Chuck Wagar, Cindy Rust, Marian West. Nonmembers: Sidney Magee.


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