Friday, September 23, 2011

Sierra Club Trip; Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sept 2011


7 Days, 40 Miles, 10,700 feet*

Limerick by our fearless Co-Leader, Christine**

There once was a backpacking group
Thirteen men and women, the troop
Signed up, one and all
Joy of Being, the call
An Ansel Adams Wilderness loop

Clover Meadow is where they did meet
Set up camp, had a meal and a greet
The tarp went up quick
The hail mighty thick
A foreshadowing start to the week

Day two, we drove over rough road
To start Isberg trail with our load
We hiked through some rain
Did I mention, the rain?
Cora Lakes: Destination Wet Mode

That night, Gene and Alex went out
T’was dark, so was quite a long route
And Stan found a view
From a knoll above, true
We could see, for some moments, to tout

Lake Isberg, the journey next day
A stunning display, I must say
My goodness sake
An infinity lake

But windy as hell, and skies gray
A glorious day sure did follow
Two passes, descriptors ring hollow
Spectacular, they
Breaths taken away
Minor troubles seem so very shallow

Pleased we all were to see Packer Chick
Horse and Mule too - it was quite a kick
The bear cans you see
They are right by a tree
“You can’t miss them” was like a bad trick

While the Great Bear Can Hunt seemed to fail
Not the rain, thunder, lightning or hail
Morale remained high
Not a whimper or sigh
No rumblings of those seeking to bail

By now, we were pros on the fly
Give us rain, hail, wind or clear sky
Rain gear went on fast
The tarp tied to last
Say we: Only wimps must stay dry!

The Reedy Lake, t’was nothing there
Of bear cans, it was very bare
Pophry, too
Nary a clue
“It’s a ways down” was Lord knows where
To Ron and to Tina: Thank you
And to Stan and to Tim: What a crew
The cans, they were found
As told, by the ground
Just five lakes down, who could have knew??!!

So, hunger, wasn’t to be our fate
Our lunch on layover day was great
Igor led folks to
A waterfall view
Then once again t’was a hailing tarp date!

With morale amazingly gay
We continued on our merry way
To the Lakes, Flat
And Lady, after that
Enjoying scenery more lovely each stay

One morning we lost Tina briefly
But Tom, true to form, remained Chiefly
In the dark, gone to pee
Her way back, couldn’t see
She did good and made breakfast. Relieved, we!

Thanks to Ann, Mary Ann and to Stephen
You tempers were wonderfully even
And Stephen helped first
When leftovers were worst
That’s less weight, that re-quired heavin’!

Hike and meals have been social and fun
Deb and Stan bestowed gifts to every one
We’re each a new friend
So, Happy Trails without end!
May your future hikes have lots of sun!!!!

Thanks to my new friends! Stan, Deb, Stephen, Mary Ann, Igor, Alex, Gene, Tim, Tom, Christine, Ann, Ron:)

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