Crater Lake 12-11-17

Photos by Bob, John, Rich and Steve

I feared the crew might prove mutinous with an 8 AM departure but all were benign in anticipation of a perfect day at Crater Lake. They were duly rewarded with one.

Dead Indian was on the icy side so we were careful along the way. Dr Mike decided to tour the Lake of the Woods area and took a detour. In fairness the sign says to turn left for Hwy 140 so only a very sure footed hiker would be prone to ignore it. Being from Wisconsin, the lack of dairy farms might have confused them.

I won't bore anyone with all the details of the hike since the glorious pictures will tell the story. We did have to make a series of wardrobe adjustments as the temperature rose. Darryl was in deep trouble until Carol helped him reattach his suspenders. I would say we were all in suspense as to the outcome and a posterior picture was taken for posterity. Carol as usual spotted the rare bird she wanted to see while a Canada Jay had the gall to land on my head, and as a fellow Canadian he was forgiven.

Our return was hampered (mine at least) by trucks going 30 miles an hour on the 140, which considerably delayed ordering my Stella Artois at Wild Wings. At Wild Wings I learned much about the world, including about a place in Mexico where for 25 cents a young lad will throw a dead chicken to an enormous alligator. Who knew?

Sorry so many could not join us due to late notice but when Crater Lake is perfect, you go. We will find another time this winter. When it is perfect we will go.

Ashland Hiking Home

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