|Rob and my crazy friend, Gail|
Bjorn Norheim and Tim Gardner got the Caledonia Ramblers off on the right foot for 2013 by leading 24 other Ramblers and guests on a snowshoe hike to Corky Lake and back Jan. 6.
Unlike other recent Rambler trips to the lake, Bjorn chose to take the snowshoers on a slightly different route, starting at the south end of Willmann Road and then heading southwest to the Greenway Trail. The snowshoers then headed north on the Greenway Trail for a relatively short distance before heading northwest on another marked trail towards Corky Lake.
|Has the Mayan Apocalypse actually happened?|
The initial trail into the Greenway Trail was well packed, as was the Greenway Trail itself. However the trail into Corky Lake had not recently been used and leaders had to break trail through about 1 1/2 feet of snow at times. Fortunately, the system Bjorn and Tim used to communicate with each other proved extremely effective.
Tim led the more eager Ramblers at the front, while Bjorn stayed in the middle of the pack to provide sober second thought. On occasion, Bjorn did supply Tim with some very instructive (and colourful) advice that allowed Tim to limit his number of off-trail 'adventures' to about half a dozen.
|Tim flags our route|
|After Tim Flags a tree, we continue onwards|
|Lunch break at Corky Lake|
(Corky Lake is named after a dog Bjorn used to have that nearly drowned in the lake.)