So, right here is our journey in cellular phone pictures. We met up with our friends at the Smith & Morehouse Trailhead outdoors of Oakley on Thursday morning.
Look at the poor saps. Thinking they have been all prepared, not realizing the full depth of what they’e stepping into.
And our buddies, the evil masterminds themselves. Ha ha. Sadly, the highway to the trailhead was locked, so we had to walk the extra three/four (my guess) mile to get there. Not loads in the long run, however greater than expected/p>
The best way up was principally uneventful. I had a hard time with elevation at instances, and had a little bit of a panic attack when we went over the ext ridgeand still couldn see the end. I child you not. I used to be hyperventilating. The hike up was pretty steep in components. It was only 5-ish miles, however not simple. We stopped a number of instances for lunch and breaks, and a little bit of stream fishing. Finally, about four:00 within the afternoon, we made it to Erickson Lake. The North one, as it turned out.
Pretty, huh? We ended up setting camp up at this lake. I inadvertently discovered the camp space when the hubsters got here over to see why I used to be wading within the shallow freezing lake (my line had gotten stuck on a rock whereas fishing so I used to be making an attempt to unfastened it, and sorta fell in
There have been pretty lily pads and flowers all over the lake, however over the 3 days, not one in all us caught a fish. So, I pretty certain there aren’t any fish in that lake. We had dinner that evening of beef tacos.
Then, decided to hike over to South Erickson and see if there have been any fish there with the remaining sunlight.
Oh, yeah, I caught the primary fish there. Woohoo! I kinda went wading there too. After that dip, I gave up making an attempt to avoid wasting my lure and simply lower my line. The next morning, my hubby left saying he was going to try fishing. He ditched me, considering I would sleep extra. Yeah proper. Our friends have been already gone fishing, and that i couldn find anybody. They’d talked about one other lake, so I wasn sure the place to search for them, so I just sat at camp. However I had a customer.
I believe our campground was this deer house. It got here by a ton. That yellow is our little 2 man tent. So that was enjoyable. When they all finally got here again, we ate breakfast and obtained ready to go find one other lake.
That is North Erickson. However you see that rocky ridge across? Not the total mountain, however the ridge? That where we went over to get to Big Elk Lake. We had heard the fishing was great there. It was about 1-1 1/2 miles there. Right here we are on top of a ridge, overlooking the lake basin with it.
And a geeky image of me
So we fished the day there, and were having pretty decent luck. Hubby caught 7, I caught 5, and our pals got three each, I believe.
Some have been decent sized, but this was a lil one. Round three that afternoon, some darker clouds rolled in. We simply stored fishing around until we began listening to thunder. Then we determined to start out heading again to camp. We bought back round 5, and took care of putting some things away, then it started a rainstorm. We went in our tents to attend it out, and it was crazy loud thunder and flashes of lightning. Sort of loopy! Simply after 6 it cleared out, so we had our meal of rooster alfredo with breadsticks (dehydrated stuff, pretty good!) Hung out for a bit, then went to mattress.
Subsequent morning, we tore down camp, and obtained a picture simply before the hike down. You possibly can barely see the lake by the bushes. All the way in which down, the boys stored stopping to see if the stream regarded ok to fish:
While we women hung out and rested a bit.
Then we finally reached the underside trailhead.
I had moleskin on the back of my heels the complete time after I felt like I might get blisters.
That is in the car at the end. When i finally obtained them off, I had a ton of blisters.
I promised my ft the entire hike down that I sell these *$#&# sneakers. Anybody want to purchase them?
We had a late lunch at this loopy diner in Oakley. It was fun, onerous, and draining, so I nonetheless trying to recuperate. See you subsequent time with something enjoyable!