- July 09, 2014
- Posted by Erin Murray
There is not much in this world that can beat the feeling of overlooking an alpine lake on a beautiful summer day with a refreshing breeze moving through you. That is exactly how the youth crews of Eastern Wildlands spent their July 4th weekend. Not only were crews fortunate enough to catch firework shows in nearby towns of their work sites but they got to catch nature’s most beautiful show; a sunset at Mystic Lake.
With a group of sixteen it was hard for us to go unnoticed. Fellow hikers stopped us on the trail to ask how our season was going, some were even past MCCers excited to tell us their stories of when they were a youth member. Others were just impressed that so many teenagers have come together to spend their summer in such amazing places doing hard work!
The hike was filled with chatter as members from both crews were able to share stories of their past weeks, where they have been and what they have experienced thus far. Packs became heavy as the trail went up and the miles kept going, sweating was the natural state to be in and shade was scarce. It was all worth it though as we came to the overlook. We stood in shock for a moment struck by the beauty of the Beartooths in the background, Mystic Lake below us and Mystic Lake dam to the right of us, we did not even noticing how cool we all instantly became with the sudden gusts of wind that came blowing off the lake. It was a clear shot down a couple switchbacks until we would be at our home for the night.
As we pulled into our campsite feet were starting to throb, shoulders were becoming sore and, stomachs were aching for some good food. The afternoon quickly came and went as we soaked our feet in the lake, fished, read books in the sun, and explored the woods around us. The night was capped off with backcountry lessons of LNT ethics, topo maps 101, bear hang safety, and cooking delicious meals.
As the sun set over the lake card games came into play and day fishing turned into night fishing. The mosquitoes wasted no time coming out to join us. One by one we snuck into our tents ready to rest our bodies for our hike down in the morning!
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