The update from Trip 3 assistant leader Eric at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday included:
“Another morning in paradise. Sand Lake is beautiful. Everyone is in good spirits. A morning chess tournament is in progress.
“Sue says we will all be blowing dusty snot for the next two weeks.
“Fred got stung by a bee. But, he’s tough and not showing any evidence of a sting.
“The afternoon rabbits unanimously voted Bonnie the quintessential grandmother.”
The Trip 3 team left Sand Lake at approximately 9:45 a.m. A couple hours into hiking their last few miles, Eric reported: “The group navigated safely around a yellowjackets’ nest, just off the trail, which we were forewarned of.”
The noon update announced the successful completion of Trip 3: “Arrived at White Pass Trailhead. An amazing backpacking experience with a wonderful group of compatible hikers.”
Tuesday’s stats: 2.68 miles. Cumulative up: 37 feet; cumulative down: 872 feet.
Trip 4 begins Wednesday. That team will hike from the White Pass Trailhead to the Chinook Pass Trailhead.