Mason Lake 12/9/2017

Wintry Mason Lake
Wintry Mason Lake

I have done a few hikes since my last post but only today have I been able to create a new post – some infected files.  Hope it stays uninfected.

Went to Mason Lake yesterday with Greg, Mark and Mike.  Had a great time but missed Carl, who is out for a few months following knee surgery.  He should be back in time for some nice late spring hikes.

The trail was a bit snowy but fairly clear the entire way.  There was one section that was a little sketchy, narrow, icy, with a drop off only a few inches away.  Here is Mike wisely using three points of contact to steady himself:

Watch Your Step
Watch Your Step

Great views of Rainier and the peaks south of the freeway:

Rainier
Rainier
Peaks to the South
Peaks to the South

All in all a wonderful way to spend Saturday morning.

Sadly, Mike, who, after we met at the Exit 22 Park and Ride, volunteered to take us to the trail head 23 miles east, hit something sharp as we hit the gravel road that leads to the Ira Spring Trail Head and it popped his tire.

He was able to get us back to a Starbucks where the under-the-weather Ken Mallit met us (and bought our coffee – what a guy!) and drove us back to the Park and Ride.  Hopefully Mark got a new tire and all is well.

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